National projections expect heavy traffic this long Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a Nebraska official urges travelers to take their time and be safe.
Safety starts before the trip begins.
Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says a little preparation prior to the trip can help a great deal. He says drivers need to get plenty of rest before a trip and they also need to give themselves enough time to travel to their destination without being in a hurry. Buckle up, travel is expected to be heavy.
“You certainly want to be alert. Put the phone down. Eliminate the distractions from your passengers. Your passengers can certainly help you by observing other drivers and alert you to something that might be coming up,” Zwonechek tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Zwonechek reminds motorists to be on the lookout for deer, which can dart from anywhere this time of year, but are especially active at dawn and dusk.
Nebraska will be emphasizing seat belt safety during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign which runs through Sunday.
An alarming statistic comes from the National Highway Safety Administration, which reports that from 2012-2016 the Thanksgiving holiday recorded more alcohol-related fatalities than any other holiday.
Zwonechek advises to cut back drinking and increase seat belt use.
“Pay attention. Do all the right things and everybody can get home safely.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]