Orange County

Tips to stay safe on the roads this holiday season

ORLANDO, Fla. — Local law enforcement leaders joined Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in Orlando Monday morning to discuss holiday driving safety.

“It takes a community to protect a community,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.


The mother of Mikey Stroz, 16, who was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver earlier this year, spoke out urging people to not drive impaired to save other families from the immense grief of losing a loved one.

READ: Troopers investigating fatal crash in Lake County

Here are tips from local law enforcement for safe driving this holiday season:

Don’t drink and drive.

Establish a designated driver before you leave your home.

READ: Friends, community rally after Timber Creek High School student dies in car crash

If you do drink and do not have a designated driver, call a cab or ride service.

Wear your seatbelt.

Avoid distracted driving, including texting while driving.

READ: MADD to help raise funds after Timber Creek teen killed by possible drunk driver

Be aware of an increase of drunk drivers during the holiday season.

Call *347 (FHP) when you spot an impaired driver in real time so troopers can respond.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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