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Fatal accidents this week put focus on holiday driving safety

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several fatal accidents in our community this week have attracted the attention of FCN's traffic guru Katie Jeffries. First For You, Katie shares the basic mistakes drivers make - mistakes that too often end with deadly consequences.

The holiday season is a time for families to focus on togetherness, not tragedy. Yet this week alone five people have died in tragic crashes. Many others sent to hospitals. And statistics indicate things could get worse as Christmas approaches.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Sgt. Dylan Bryan says there are three main mistakes drivers make.

First is speed. Drivers in a hurry are going way too fast. Next is improper changing of lanes. Use turn signals and look before you move. Third is following vehicles too closely.

While those may seem like mindless mistakes; all three can easily lead to a terrible crash.

With 94.5 million people expected to travel near Christmas time, we can expect congestion and a heavier presence of law enforcement.  "Our officers will be out in force during patrol operations," said Bryan.

Be cautious of driving into elements like snow and ice if you are going to drive north. Get your vehicle checked so it doesn't breakdown, leaving you needing repair on the side of the road.

"Do a safety check of vehicles, go to a station that does this and prepare for the travel safely," Bryan said.

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