December 7, 2015

Be Safer this Holiday Season

By the end of November, Montgomery County Police had investigated 34 fatal traffic collisions causing 35 deaths this year. Those victims’ families and friends will especially feel those tragic losses during the upcoming holidays. Unfortunately, the last quarter of the year, which includes the holiday season, has traditionally been the most dangerous time for drivers and pedestrians. The increased activity; shopping, parties, and alcohol consumption, combined with increased darkness due to the absence of Daylight Saving Time increases the risk factors.

The “Be Safer this Holiday Season” safety campaign encourages everyone to “Be Seen, Be Alert, and Be Responsible. The campaign began just before Thanksgiving and will continue through the New Year’s holiday.

Be Seen: If you are buying a new winter coat, consider purchasing a light-colored one, or at the very least, wear a white scarf and gloves. Look for clothing with reflective patches and colors that increase visibility. Don’t assume that just because you can see a vehicle, that the driver can see you.

Be Alert: Give full attention when walking or driving. Maryland is a Hands-Free state, that prohibits texting or even holding a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of collisions. Pedestrians by a roadway or crossing streets should not wear ear buds or talk on or look at cell telephones.

Be Responsible: Do not drink and drive and do not host parties that include alcohol for young people under 21 years. Responsible party hosts will ensure that no guest drives after drinking alcohol and will enforce a zero tolerance for alcohol use by guests under age 21.

The holidays are a busier time of the year, and we all need to take some time to think about safety. Check press release for more information.

It won’t be a Happy Holiday if it isn’t a Safe one!