Monday, November 24, 2008

Be Safe this Holiday Driving Weekend

The Thanksgiving travel period proves to be one of the deadliest of the year, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Sergent Curt Mowers, Public Information Officer for the Minnesota State Patrol says, “It can be bad enough that we sometimes have the weather and road conditions to contend with, but all the extra traffic can add another strike against our traveling safety. We need to stick to the basics of good defensive driving and courtesy driving.”
Minnesota crash figures for Thanksgiving show that at least 50 persons have been killed over the past five years. Impaired driving, and the non-use of seat belts remain top concerns. Sgt. Mowers says, “Our current state fatality rate is at such a low number, we want to keep this downward trend. To be safe, motorists need to slow down, maintain three seconds or more following distances, stay focused on their driving, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained every trip, every time, and drive sober.

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