TxDOT encourages motorists to be safe during holiday travel - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TxDOT encourages motorists to be safe during holiday travel

AUSTIN, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - Heading to Grandma's house this Thanksgiving? The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says enjoy the holiday, but follow some simple travel tips to make sure you arrive safely.

"The roads will be crowded with holiday travelers, particularly the day before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving," said David Casteel, TxDOT assistant executive director for field and district operations. "Be cautious and plan ahead. We want each and every citizen to arrive his or her destination safely."

Here are some tips to consider before heading out:

Be patient, allow enough time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws

Roads will be crowded, and this could lead to some aggressive driving on the part of other motorists. Be courteous in these situations and avoid bad driving actions that may make the situation worse i.e., road rage

Monitor the weather. If it's going to be bad, particularly ice or snow events, consider staying home. Or rearrange your travel plans to avoid bad weather situations.

In 2009, there were 1,048 serious injuries and 39 deaths from traffic crashes that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period.

For more winter weather driving tips, go to http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/winter_driving.htm

 For information on Texas road conditions, call the Texas Travel Information Center at 800.452.9292 or visit TxDOT's website at www.txdot.gov.

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