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Daytona 500 traffic warning: FHP urges drivers, pedestrians to use caution

The Daytona 500 is at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway.

Race fans, start your engines. But keep your cool on the highway.

The Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to "pack their patience for the next few days as thousands of race fans travel to Daytona for the big race weekend,'' Sgt. Kim Montes announced this week.

Race events are underway now in Daytona Beach.

But the centerpiece for race fans is the Daytona 500, which is at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway.

"Drivers can expect delays on I-4 and I-95 as well as other local roads, throughout the day, before each race starts,'' Montes said.

Law enforcers will be helping with safety after each race while directing traffic, Montes said. "FHP will have additional troopers at intersections and on exit ramps to monitor and move traffic."

Expect temporary road closures.

Follow detours. Plan in advance.

"They need to give themselves plenty of time to get to the race each day,'' Montes added. "Drivers also need to be aware of the heavy pedestrian traffic that will be in the surrounding area of the Speedway. Please use caution while driving near pedestrians and we are asking that the pedestrians cross at specified locations only."

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