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Be careful on the roads this weekend; it is dangerous out there

The combination of potentially inclement weather, busy highways and distracted travelers makes Thanksgiving weekend particularly treacherous for motorists in the Northeast and throughout the nation. Travel hazards which increase the risk of auto and truck accidents could be further exacerbated this year for those travelers who must navigate areas affected by SuperStorm Sandy. As a result, it is critical to be particularly attentive on the road this upcoming weekend.

According to AAA auto club, approximately nine in 10 Thanksgiving travelers will be reaching their destination by motor vehicle. More than 39 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more just to reach their initial destination.

Given that it is one of the deadliest weekends of the year due to drunk drivers, inattentive drivers and drowsy drivers, motorists must commit to driving free of these behavioral choices and to watching out for those who are behaving more irresponsibly.

Why is it so imperative that motorists drive even more safely than usual this weekend? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Thanksgiving has traditionally been the deadliest driving holiday of the year. In 2010 alone, 431 Americans perished on highways and back roads on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, interstate crashes in general jump approximately 25 percent during all of Thanksgiving week.

Please, map out your route before getting on the road, buckle up, remain attentive and only drive while wide awake and free of intoxicating substances. Failure to heed this commonsense advice could result in tragedy. Happy Thanksgiving to all from Smiley & Smiley. We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend and we also wish you safe travels.

Source: USA Today, "Thanksgiving week one of the deadliest on the highway," Larry Copeland, Nov. 18, 2012

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