Holiday travel brings more traffic, potential dangers

Dec 20, 2010

Busy Thanksgiving traffic can lead to more accidents

There are many traditions that come along with Thanksgiving, including high volumes of traffic. AAA predicts more than an 11 percent increase in holiday travel over last year.

With that in mind, the Iowa Department of Transportation is informing motorists of the potential dangers which stem from having more vehicles on the road. IDOT says 10 people were involved in fatal accidents over the holiday weekend last year.

IDOT's Scott Falb says impaired drivers are something travelers need to watch out for.

"Drinking and driving is a deadly combination. Because these drivers lacked the judgment to hand the keys to someone else or just stay put, there are many families who will forever be changed not because of happy Thanksgiving memories but of tragic ones," says Falb.

To help avoid an accident, IDOT suggests travelers select a designated driver if they will be attending an event where people will be drinking alcohol.

Even careful motorists can be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. It's important to have life insurance, especially for a family's primary wage-earner, in case a major collision does take place. 

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