Stay safe traveling this holiday season with these tips

Stay safe travelling this holiday season with these tips
Published: Nov. 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM EST
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(WTVM) - 'Tis the season for sharing, and it's also the season for safety.

This week begins the busiest travel season of the year, and many of you will be driving back and forth to spend time with family and friends.

News Leader 9's Cheryl Renee joins us with tips on saying safe while on the road.

It's easy to get distracted by all the excitement of the holidays. But once you get behind the wheel, you can't let that excitement keep you from the rules of the road.

That's why the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol are teaming up to remind us all to put safety first while driving.

Both agencies came together in Columbus to promote their season for safety campaign, hoping to lower the number of traffic-related deaths this busy travel season.

Last year in Georgia there were more than 1,100 alcohol related crashes between November 20 and New Year's Eve, and 53 people died.

The Department of Public Safety says a seatbelt is a lifesaver.

"There's one thing that points out the number one thing that you can do to keep yourself safe and your family safe and that's buckle up," said DPS Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough. "It's amazing when you look at the fatalities that occur nationwide, half of those fatalities are caused because a person is not wearing their seatbelt."

Besides wearing a seatbelt, here are a few other things to keep in mind on the road.

Don't drink and drive; designate a sober driver. Slow down because it's easier to react at a slower speed. Most importantly, put down that cell phone.

Troopers will be out checking for speeders and those suspected of dui. State patrol says drive sober or you will get pulled over.

No warnings, no excuses.

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