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Click Here to View the CAPS Analysis of Thanksgiving Week Crashes in Alabama 2012-2016 Data

Considering the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year holiday driving season is near, the following tips are critical for reducing your chances of being killed on the road:

Reduce speed to the speed limit. 
 Even a 5 MPH reduction can make a big difference since your cruising speed is the greatest determinant of impact speed.  Do not wait for an emergency to slow down. Most GPS systems clearly confirm an extra 5 mph in speed generates only a very few minutes reduction in trip time, but it could result in the difference between a severe injury and a fatality.

Always use safety restraints, and make sure everyone in the car uses theirs, even on the shortest of trips. This is the number one defense against becoming a fatality victim.  Very few passengers who are properly restrained suffer life-threatening injuries at reasonable speeds.

Have no tolerance at all for impaired driving.
  Do not drive impaired, and do not ride with anyone who has had any alcohol or drug use at all, including many prescription drugs.  Avoid the late-night and early morning hours since this is when impaired driving is at a peak, and you are most likely to be involved by an ID driver.

Anticipate and avoid bad weather, especially when coupled with darkness. If caught in a heavy storm, take a break from driving until the shower passes.  In general, CAPS research has found crashes can increase by as much as 40 percent in wet weather.

Leave early enough so that you accomplish most of your driving in the daylight.

Travel on the holiday.  Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years days 
during the daylight hours are the best times to avoid potential crashes.

Slow down and be particularly watchful for deer 
if traveling just after dark, especially in areas where deer are protected and in new road construction areas where rye grass has been planted as a cover on re-worked shoulders and roadsides.

Avoid all electronic distractions by delegating all cell phone use to passengers.  This has clearly become one of the major causes of crashes over the past five years.

Drive defensively to reduce risk, including: (1) special efforts to put distance between you and other vehicles, e.g., avoid tailgating, (2) stay out of the blind spots of large trucks, and (3) let aggressive drivers pass.
4th of July Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2016 (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  This is a  28% increase from 2015 (146 fatalities).Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher - almost twice the legal limit.

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UA Study: Days Leading Up to Thanksgiving Bring More Car Crashes

The three days just before Thanksgiving are some of the worst times of the year to be on the road, according to a recent study of traffic data by The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety.

In 2015 in Alabama, there was a daily average of 460 automobile crashes on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. The average number of crashes per day the rest of the year is 409. The uptick in crashes is attributed to more traffic, traveling after sunset, deer and alcohol.

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State Troopers: Labor Day traffic fatality rate drops by 50 percent

WSFA: Alabama State Troopers investigated five traffic fatalities over the 2016 Labor Day weekend, half the number from the previous year. The deaths happened in Autauga, Calhoun, Houston, Madison, and Talladega counties. Four of the five victims were drivers, according to State Troopers. The fifth victim was a pedestrian. Of the four drivers killed, only one was wearing a seatbelt.

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