Hi one and all,
Just want to add my two cents worth on this topic. As a retired law
enforcement officer (I spent 25 years with the Metro Dade Police Dept) in
Miami my advice is the same as for travel anywhere. Keep any eye on your
surroundings and don't look like a tourist (yes this is hard with out of
state plates, but sometimes we feel there are more of those here than
tags!). Also, much depends on where in the state you'll be driving (remember
it takes more than 12 hours to drive from Jacksonville to Key West and about
16hours from Key West to Panama City). If you're a member of AAA, they can
provide you with hot spots the areas to stay away from or the speed traps
along certain roads (almost improbable along any of the major interstates).
South Florida has the worst rep but no scarier than certain sections of
Detroit or NYC (2 areas I felt extremely uncomfortable in not being armed).
this is already too long but if you'd like more personal info, please email
me. I'll be happy to help. As a native, I know I'm prejudiced but we do have
a beautiful state. I drove to the coast Friday to watch the Space Launch and
it fascinates me to see all the people from other areas who are fortunate
enough to witness this great experience in person.
Happy and safe traveling,