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Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

December 11, 2012

As another successful semester comes to a close, many are making plans for the winter break. Some will chose to stay close to home. Others will drive to faraway places. Whatever the case may be, chances are pretty good that your holiday season will involve some travel.

The Department of Public Safety would like to remind you to be safe during the holiday season. Here are a few things you can do to enhance your safety:

  • Don’t drink and drive. If you see someone you believe may be driving while intoxicated, call 911.
  • Buckle up and avoid distractions such as cell phones while driving.
  • Keep an eye on the predicted weather. Foggy and wet conditions are prevalent this time of the year and can pose additional challenges.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Check your tires, oil, windshield wipers, lighting equipment, etc. 
  • Be sure to close and lock all doors and windows in your home before leaving, no matter how long you plan to be away. 
  • If you plan to be out shopping, dining or any other place, be sure to lock all of your car doors. Avoid keeping valuable items in your vehicle as they could be targets for thieves.
  • Try to park as close as possible to the place you are visiting. During evening hours, try to park in places that are well illuminated. 
  • Keep your cell phone with you and call the police if you observe suspicious or criminal activity. 

The Department of Public Safety hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. If you need assistance or have questions, contact the Department of Public Safety or your local law enforcement agency.