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Linn County Sheriff's Office offers driving tips for the Thanksgiving week

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Stay awake, stay alert, drive sober and safely. That's the message from the Linn County Sheriff's Office for the Thanksgiving holiday week.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Stay awake, stay alert, drive sober and safely. That's the message from the Linn County Sheriff's Office for the Thanksgiving holiday travel.

They say the deer are still running and with more traffic on the roads, they warn of potential collisions and pile-up accidents.

Major Chad Colston is in charge of the patrol division for the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

"We have seen a lot of car-deer accidents. And it might not even have to be a car-deer accident but somebody is following too close and somebody else brakes because they see the animal on the side of the road and somebody else runs into the back end of them," Colston said.

He said it's important to look ahead to see the traffic flow ahead of you.

"Aim high is one thing I always tell tell people to do, especially young drivers. They seem to want to look right in front of their vehicle. Look down the road quite a few...a quarter mile. See what those other cars are doing in traffic. Are they slowing and then be prepared to stop yourself," Colston said.

It's also important, he says, for drivers to pull over in a safe place to rest if they start getting tired.

Driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk.