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ISP District 19 encourages safe driving habits during the holiday season

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. Captain Cory Ristvedt, District 19 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 traffic crashes 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 make sure you 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 cell phone 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. Furthermore, the faster you are going, the greater the chance of a crash resulting in serious injury.

“Please watch for flashing lights on the side of the road too,” stated Captain Ristvedt. “Illinois recognizes December 23rd of each year as Scott’s Law Day. Scott’s Law requires motorists to slow down or move over when approaching a vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road. Please help ensure the safety of those working along the side of the road.” Don’t ruin anyone’s festivities this holiday season. Be accountable for your actions behind the wheel and drive responsibly.