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Dubuque police remind of holiday safety

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Dubuque Police Department send the following release to remind everyone to be safe during holiday travel. 

NEWS RELEASE: With the holiday travel season upon us, the Dubuque Police would like to remind motorists of the following travel tips:

- Always lock your vehicle after entering or leaving it and park in well-lighted areas. Check in and around your vehicle before entering. Do not approach if there is anyone or anything suspicious in or around your vehicle.

- If you must keep valuables in your vehicle, secure them in the trunk or out of sight (if a trunk is not available).

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use credit cards or traveler's checks. If you do carry large amounts of cash, avoid displaying it openly.

- Do not stop to render aid to stranded motorists or pedestrians, call for assistance on your cell phone instead. If you're involved in a crash and don't feel comfortable exiting your vehicle, call for assistance using your cell phone and remain in your locked vehicle until help arrives. If you must communicate with the other party involved, lower your window slightly.

- Make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle (to include first aid supplies, food/water and blankets/warm clothing). If your vehicle breaks down, raise the hood and attach a white flag or something similar to an antenna or door handle and call for help on your cell phone. If someone stops to render aid, remain in your locked vehicle and signal for them to call for help or lower your window slightly to communicate. If you must abandon your vehicle, keep all passengers together.

- Inform a loved one or friend of your travel plans and check in with them periodically.

- Avoid distractions while driving. If possible, have your passengers assume responsibility for climate control, radio operation, navigation, etc. Avoid talking on cellular phones, texting, web browsing, reading, eating, etc. while driving.

- Monitor weather/road conditions and plan accordingly. In poor conditions, slow down or avoid driving if possible.

- Make sure your vehicle is ready - especially in colder climates. Have your vehicle serviced and checked prior to your trip and before the onset of winter weather.

- Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or when sleep-deprived. Designate a sober/alert driver or remain at your location until you are no longer impaired.

- Always wear your safety belt.

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