Although Thanksgiving Day is the actual recognized holiday, it has now become a three day weekend event with so many people traveling, shopping and visiting family. Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2012, show on the day before Thanksgiving there were 1,497 crashes and 18 fatalities, Thanksgiving Day had 1,433 crashes and 18 fatalities and the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, had 1,368 crashes and 17 fatalities.

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Research shows that the number of accidents during the holiday season are high mainly due to the amount of drivers on the road; but the most consistent factor of accidents is alcohol. Also people who are late or going to unfamiliar locations are more prone to speeding and distractions. If you must travel this holiday season here are a few tips to keeping safe.

•· If you are going to drink, have a designated driver.

•· Be prepared for heavy traffic and have patience.

•· Give yourself plenty of time and make sure you know where you are going.

•· Get enough rest.

•· Don’t speed.

•· Avoid distracted driving and texting.

•· Always wear your seatbelt.

However you plan to mark this holiday season, make it a time for creating new memories and celebrating with loved ones. We hope you stay safe and have a wonderful and peaceful holiday.

Source: 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistic Book

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