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Authorities Urge Holiday Motorists To Be Cautious And Safe

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This holiday weekend’s festivities also mean more traffic, and traffic hazards. 

Oregon State Police say at least ten people have died on state highways during the last week already.  Now with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the Civil War football game between the Ducks and Beavers in Corvallis, authorities want drivers to plan for cold, wet weather and backups.

OSP Captain Bill Fugate says motorists can also monitor their own behavior behind the wheel.

“We’ve identified five driving behaviors that lead to serious injury or fatal crashes," he says.  "Those are speeding, occupant safety, which are the seatbelts, child safety seats, lane usage, stay in your lane; impaired driving; and distracted driving.” 

So in short, take your time, buckle up, and keep your eyes on the road.  And if you’re overtired or under the influence, get a designated driver or postpone your travel.

AAA projects 590,000 Oregonians will be on the road this Thanksgiving holiday.  

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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