Get home alive this holiday

ARIZONA -- The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is always one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) this weekend is focusing efforts on driving behaviors that can lead to crashes.

In 2011, 10 people were killed in nine separate crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend on state and federal highways in Arizona. Two of those crashes involved impaired drivers.

The Highway Patrol is vigilant in trying to prevent these types of crashes from occurring and ask the public for help. Taking steps to ensure you and your family are safe while driving starts before you hit the road, but also on the road home.

Do not consume alcohol or other drugs that can cause impairment· Get plenty of rest. Check your tires for proper inflation and sufficient tread. Avoid distracted driving such as texting, checking emails and the like. Always wear your seatbelt. Do not drive aggressively or become impatient with other motorists

If you suspect that someone is impaired while driving, please call 911.


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