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State police share a few safe driving tips for the holidays.

Byline: submitted by The Illinois State Police

DU QUOIN The upcoming holidays will bring family and friends together to close out 2017.

Unfortunately, some will choose to make life-threatening driving decisions while behind the wheel.

Lieutenant Michael Alvey, Illinois State Police District 13/22 Interim Commander, encourages everyone to enjoy the holidays, but to do so responsibly.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. and are largely preventable. If you are traveling during the holidays, please be accountable for your actions and do your part to prevent a traffic crash.

If you will be attending a holiday celebration where alcohol is involved, please use a designated driver or make necessary arrangements to ensure an intoxicated person does not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Before you start your trip, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. It is estimated that the risk of fatal injuries is cut in half when seat belts are properly worn. Also, be sure to eliminate distractions. Taking your eyes off the road for any reason is not a good idea. Looking at a cellphone for five seconds at 55 mph is like driving blind for the length of a football field.

Be sure to watch your speed. The faster you are going, the less time you have to react when trying to avoid a crash. Also, the faster you are going, the greater the chance of a crash resulting in serious injury.

Lieutenant Alvey stated, "We are going to be working hard during this holiday travel season to ensure all roadway users have a safe environment in which to travel, but the public has to do their part in creating that atmosphere of safety as well." Alvey continued, "With December 23 being declared as statewide Scotts Law Day under 5 ILCS 490/127, I also want to remind motorists to help us do our jobs. Scotts Law, or the Move Over Law, requires everyone to slow down, change lanes away from a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, and proceed with due regard to safety and traffic conditions. As we assist travelers getting to their family functions, help us to get to ours."

Dont ruin anyones festivities this holiday season. Be accountable for your actions behind the wheel and drive responsibly.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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