Authorities Urging Motorists to Travel Safely During Holidays

If you're getting an early start on heading to your holiday destination, authorities are urging you to be careful.

The American Automobile Association says nearly 81-percent of this year's Thanksgiving travelers will take to the highways to get home for the holidays.

The Kentucky Transportation Dept. says they place a special emphasis this holiday because of the dramatic increase in traffic volume.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also reminding motorists that this Thanksgiving Eve, they will share the road with 2.8-million drunk drivers who have more than three convictions.

"The trend is high traffic, sadly that means more fatalities. We just want everyone to tie one on for safety," said Glynn Birch, president of MADD.

Birch is encouraging people to get involved in MADD's Red Ribbon Awareness Campaign.

In 2006, Kentucky had 222 drunk driving fatalities.

In addition to driving sober, motorists are reminded to buckle up, obey traffic laws and speed limits and avoid drowsy driving.


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