Oklahoma Highway Patrol urges safe travel for Thanksgiving holiday

Last year, six fatalities were reported in accidents on Oklahoma highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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Highway safety officials are urging motorists to take extra precautions to keep drivers and passengers safe during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

“While you're making those important holiday plans, take a little time to make smart choices about your travel, too,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Garrett Vowell said in a news release.

In 2011, six people died in four crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period — from 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday. One of the accidents was alcohol-related.

Vowell said anyone who attends a gathering where alcohol is served should designate a nondrinking driver. “If you've been drinking, don't get behind the wheel, period,” he said.

He also urges drivers to be aware of the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

“Many people don't realize that medicines can cause impairments too,” he said. “Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects, and don't drive if you're taking a medication that can cause sleepiness, dizziness or impaired reaction time.”

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To learn more

To refer to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office's Thanksgiving holiday fact sheet, go to www.ohso.ok.gov.

For more information on impaired driving, go to www.nhtsa.gov/StopImpairedDriving.

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