Travel safely during holidays
Published 3:52 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2006
As the Christmas holidays begin for area youngsters, so, also does holiday travel.
Area schools are approaching tier last day before the much anticipated Christmas break putting many children and teenagers in the middle of holiday traffic woes.
AAA predicts this will be one of the busiest travel seasons area. Lower gas prices are allowing more families to go longer distances driving on the road this year.
With all the extra cars on the road during the next few weeks, it is imperative that everyone take a little bit of time to think of safety while on the roads.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety predicts that 14 people will die on state highways over the Christmas travel time. If we don't take time to think about safety, we may become a part of that statistic.
First, travel a little slower. to slow down on the roads. We need to realize that it's better to be a little bit late to mom and dad's house than risk having a high-speed accident on the interstate.
Buckle up. Research shows that not buckling your seat belt greatly increases your risk of injury in an accident on the road.
Most of all, drive sober.
With holiday celebrations all over, it's easy to imbibe too much. Remember that the price you could pay for a DUI isn't worth it – you could end your life or the life of someone you love.
If you are partying, make sure you have a designated driver. If you overindulge, make sure you sober up before driving.
And, drive defensively. There are many among us who won't be cautious or sober.
We hope you'll be careful out there. Better to make this a holiday you want to always remember than one you can never forget.