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12/19/2013
Be safe out there

With Christmas and New Year’s upon us, along with slick highways and roads, it’s prudent to remember that adding alcohol to the mix is a bad idea.

This is the season of celebrating. Some get too excited and take risks behind the wheel, either driving too fast or driving when not in any condition for it.

Before that happens and before the celebration, it’s wise to decide how to enjoy oneself and still not risk one’s life or the life of another. If imbibing, chose a driver who won’t be consuming alcohol. Or call a taxicab. Or a friend. But make the decision not to drive before taking that first drink and put the car keys out of reach.

Even those who aren’t drinking alcohol should be wary. The excitement of getting some place or trying to make up for time so as not to be late also can lead to tragedy. As busy as the season is with holidays, it’s best to take it at a reasonable speed. Late is better than not arriving at all.

Also be sure motor vehicles are equipped for any situation that might arise in the snow, the ice, the rain or other weather-related situations.

The key to a happy holiday season is being well prepared for the weather and the celebrating.