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Motorists urged to plan responsibly for holiday travel

December 28, 2012

(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) – Oklahoma roadways are expected to be busy during the upcoming holidays, and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is urging drivers to take extra precautions to keep themselves and their passengers safe.

“While you’re making plans to celebrate, take time to make smart choices about your travel, too,” said OHP Lt. Garrett Vowell, Impaired Driving Enforcement Coordinator. “Law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drivers who break the laws. Whether you’re traveling across town or across the state, the decisions are the same. Buckle up, obey traffic laws and of course, never drink and drive.”

The OHSO recommends the following steps for safe holiday travel: If alcohol is part of your celebration, plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver; Make sure all children in your vehicle are placed in age-appropriate child restraint systems and all adults are buckled up; Avoid distractions. Put the cell phone and electronic devices aside while driving; If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement or dial *55 from any cell phone to alert the Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Watch for construction work zones; and Plan ahead for inclement weather; make sure your vehicle is in good working condition and contains appropriate emergency equipment.

“With the winter holidays coming up, traffic will be increased and Oklahomans need to be particularly vigilant,” Vowell said. “Law enforcement officers will be out in force during the holidays. We want everyone to arrive safely at his or her holiday destination.”

For more information, visit www.ohso.ok.gov, www.distraction.gov or www.nhtsa.gov/impaired.

 

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