State officials don't want a repeat of the death toll from last year's Thanksgiving weekend and are urging motorists to be patient while traveling.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says last year's Thanksgiving weekend was the deadliest in the past decade, with 18 people killed in crashes on state highways and local roads.
Of those killed, six died in crashes involving impaired drivers. ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety urge drivers to buckle up and avoid distractions, especially texting while driving.
ADOT says it's not scheduling any construction-related closures over the holiday weekend and that motorists will see messages on electronic signs about slowing down and driving sober.
Below are a few simple tips to ensure your Thanksgiving trip is safe: - Don't allow children to fight or climb around in your car (they should be buckled in their seats at all times).
One accidental bump or too much noise can easily distract you from concentrating on driving safely. - Cell phones can also take your focus away from the task at hand: Arriving safely at your destination. - Avoid driving when you're tired.
Be aware that some medications can cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle very dangerous. Get the full scoop on drowsy driving. - Always use caution when changing lanes.
Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers. Be careful when driving home.
People can joke about eating too much then napping—just make sure that neither happens when you are behind the wheel of your car.
EVERYONE, PLEASE, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!