Authorities Urge Holiday Motorists To Be Cautious And Safe

Nov 23, 2016

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

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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.