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Thanksgiving is worst holiday time for driving in Iowa


Be careful on the roads this week.  Thanksgiving is statistically the worst holiday time to drive in Iowa.

In the last two years, twelve people were killed in crashes over the extended weekend, Wednesday noon to midnight Sunday.  (8 deaths in 2010, 4 in 2011.)
Four of those fatalities involved crashes with impaired drivers.

So far 2012 is one of the lowest on record for Iowa traffic fatalities.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has these tips for a safer holiday weekend: 

Do not drink and drive. If you are attending an event where alcohol is served, designate a non-drinking driver to drive home from the party and stick with that decision.

Put your mobile phone away. Distractions due to talking or texting while driving are leading causes of motor vehicle crashes.

Ensure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt – all positions, all ages.

Do not follow too closely behind another vehicle, especially in heavier traffic or when you are traveling at higher speeds.

Obey posted speed limits. Slow down if your vision is limited by heavy rain, fog or snow.

Monitor weather-related travel conditions. Listen to forecasts; and check road conditions by downloading the "Iowa 511" app to your smart phone, visiting or calling 511.

Avoid traveling during peak traffic periods, including Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, and Sunday afternoon and evening.

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