Keep your spring break safe

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The warm weather means spring break, and spring break means more traveling.

Lauren Kubik is the Trauma Coordinator at The Medical Center, she told News Leader Nine, "A lot of people are in a hurry to get down there or in a hurry to get back home and most accidents happen right before you get to whatever your destination."

If you are traveling through Alabama, especially on Highway 431, you will see more State Troopers on the road than usual.  It is all due to an Alabama DOT grant.

The Alabama State Patrol's Sgt. Steve Jarrett said, "These grants are targeting the top three causes of injury and death on the highway: DUI, no seat belt and speeding

His best advice for those traveling – "Make sure you are well rested before you travel home. Take frequent brakes and make sure your passengers stay awake to help you remain alert."

Also, as the weather gets warmer, more and more people head outdoors. And, that can often mean more and more people heading into the ER.

Local nurses say a lot of what they see can be prevented.  "Wear your helmet. Or, if you are going on a boat or a jet ski, wear your life jacket. And, also always wear your seat belt whenever you are riding.  You never know what can happen.  It may not be you that causes it, but somebody else that is not paying attention," said Kubik.

She also told News Leader Nine that the Emergency Room at The Medical Center sees 10-15% more car accident victims come in during the warm weather.  Over the spring and summer months they treat 75% more ATV accidents.

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