For more information, contact Leanna Depue at 573-751-0599.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -The Thanksgiving holiday is usually one of travel and cheer. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous time on Missouri roads. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday there were 1372 traffic crashes, and four fatalities on Missouri's roadways. "The sheer number of crashes, injuries and deaths during this holiday are startling enough, but worse yet, most of those deaths and injuries could have been prevented," said Leanna Depue, executive chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "With more people traveling, the possibility for traffic incidents increases, but there are many things motorists can do to keep themselves safer on the roads." Before you head to Thanksgiving dinner, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges you to plan your safe travel ahead of time. With increased traffic and hurried travelers, safety needs to your top priority. You can make your holiday travel safer by following these tips:•· Plan your trip. MoDOT has expanded and upgraded its Traveler Information mobile app. This app offers the latest information on Missouri road conditions, work zones, flooding and incidents for iPhones, Androids, iPads and tablets. •· Buckle Up. The use of safety belts and child restraints is one of the best ways to prevent death and personal injury when involved in a traffic crash.•· Don't Drive Distracted. Concentrate only on your driving and pay close attention to motorists around you.•· Obey the laws of the road. Speeding is a contributing factor of the fatal and personal injury crashes during the holidays.•· Don't drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you plan to drink, designate a driver, or call a cab.For additional information on roadway safety, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Arrive Alive.