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The holiday season is upon us, with the arrival of Thanksgiving, and safety during holiday driving is important. In Pennsylvania, during the recent Thanksgiving holiday driving period, from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after Thanksgiving, there were over 1,000 motor vehicle accidents. Over three hundred people were injured in these accidents, and nine people died. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 80% of these accidents were alcohol related, and most of the people who died were not wearing seatbelts. These statistics reinforce how important it is to think about safe holiday driving. The holidays involve celebrations that often include alcohol. Everyone should know that alcohol and driving do not mix. Having designated drivers can help keep intoxicated persons from getting behind the wheel. Also, drivers should strictly observe speed limits and avoid all distractions, such as cell phone use, while driving. Further, seatbelts should always be used. Following these guidelines can help this holiday season be a safe one.

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