Staying safe during holiday travels

One in three Americans will hit the road Wednesday for the holidays. Peak travel hours kicked off at 6 p.m. They couldn’t hit at a worse time with Wednesday’s weather alerts. One of the ways to avoid heavy traffic is to hit the road before peak hours.

The Walters are heading to grandma’s house in northern Illinois from Orlando, Florida. Kenny Walters says he has some safe practices of his own. “I just stay alert,” he said. “I stay focused on what’s ahead of me and what’s behind me.”

Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to remind everyone to be careful this holiday season and not to forget the basics, like seat belts. “About 60 percent of the people killed in crashes this year have not been wearing a seat belt,” Keith added.

He also wants people to make good choices if they plan on drinking for the holidays. Todd urges drivers to use safe practices when ringing in the new year. “We just need everybody to be aware that the police agencies are going to be out there actively looking for you if you’re out there drinking and driving.”

He says that more people are on the road this year, too. He credits that to cheap gas prices.

TravelAdvisor says inclement weather is the number one cause of stress for drivers.

Deaths are also on the rise on Kentucky roadways. There were 672 fatalities in 2014, but by Dec. 11 this year, there were already 683.

On wet road, AAA says to avoid using cruise control, slow down, and keep a reasonable distance away from other cars. 

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