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Stay safe during your travels this holiday
Stay safe during your travels this holiday

Experts are predicting thousands of travelers will hit the highways to get to grandmother's house this week. Officials are now encouraging motorists to take extra precautions when traveling this Thanksgiving.

Lt. Garrett Vowell, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said, “While you’re making those important holiday plans, take a little time to make smart choices about your travel, too."

Some of those smart choices include choosing a designated driver or coming up with a plan that does not involve you getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

Drivers should also be aware of the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medication.

“Many people don’t realize that medicines can cause impairments too,” he said. “Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects, and don’t drive if you’re taking a medication that can cause sleepiness, dizziness or impaired reaction time.”

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office also recommends other steps for safe Thanksgiving travel, including:

  • Make sure all children are placed in age-appropriate car seats.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Plan ahead for inclement weather and make sure your vehicle contains appropriate emergency equipment.
  • Don't allow distractions. Put away the cell phone and other electronics while driving.
  • Don't drive drowsy. Get plenty of sleep before driving and schedule frequent stops along the way.

Last year, six people died in fatal car accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

If you see an impaired driver, call *55 on your cell phone to alert the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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