Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.
Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to TripSmarter.com, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.
Some common spring break dangers include:
* Binge drinking and blacking out * Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
* Pool or beach drownings
* Injuries or death from unregulated industries – parasailing accidents
* Violent crime or rape due to negligent or inadequate security
Here are some travel safety tips on how to protect you and your family:
* Have a plan and research the area you are traveling to.
* Stay vigilant and be on guard. Keep your cell phone handy.
* Know what to do in case of an emergency.
* Always let others know where you are going and when you are returning.
* Always have copies of important documents in case they are lost or stolen (ex. license or passport).
* When driving always follow the rules of the road and buckle up. No drinking and driving.
* Choose a hotel that is in a central location to limit the need to drive and is in a safe location.
* Keep room doors and sliding doors locked, and don’t let anyone into your room that you do not know or trust.
* Never go out or travel alone at night. Stay in a group whenever possible.
* Drink responsibly and limit your alcohol consumption. Never accept a drink from a stranger.
* Do not flash your money around. Keep valuables at home or locked in hotel safe.
* Use secured ATMs preferably inside a bank or a secured business during daytime hours.
* Stay in designated swimming areas with lifeguards and learn the flag warning system.
* Whether you’re driving a scooter, jet skiing, riding in a boat, parasailing, or scuba diving, protect yourself with recommended safety equipment like helmets, knee pads and life jackets. Learn the safety requirements for each activity.
* Protect your location on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram).
* Drink lots of water and wear plenty of sunscreen!
The Florida trial attorneys and staff at Hannon Legal Group wish you and your family a safe and memorable spring break.