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Driving safety tips for the holiday weekend
Wearing a seatbelt and being fully focused while driving will help you get to and from your destination safely this Labor Day weekend.
8/31/2012 9:50:00 PM
Heavy traffic is expected throughout the state this Labor Day weekend, and the Arizona
Department of Public Safety
reminds drivers to take precautions on the road.
During Labor Day weekend last year, eight people lost their lives in traffic collisions across Arizona, and the year before in that timeframe, 11 people died.
Before setting out on the road, remember to bring plenty of water. Check the condition of your tires for sufficient tread. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Be sure to check your gauges.
Several of the top causes of traffic collisions are fatigue, impaired driving, not using a seatbelt, and excessive speed, according to a DPS spokesman.
Make sure you are well-rested before driving, because sleep-deprived drivers have much slower reaction times. A number of fatal collisions investigated by DPS involved fatigued drivers.
If you are planning on drinking this holiday weekend, make sure you have a designated driver or plan to call a cab. Never use illegal drugs or drive while taking prescription drugs that may impair your driving ability.
A seatbelt ensures that you stop with your car. Without it, you may end up being thrown from the vehicle during a collision and sustain serious injuries.
Speeding greatly increases the chances of a collision, and reduces the amount of time drivers have to avoid one.
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