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TxDOT encourages motorists to be safe during holiday travel

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AUSTIN—Heading to Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving?  The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says enjoy the holiday, but follow some simple travel tips to make sure you arrive safely.

“The roads will be crowded with holiday travelers, particularly the day before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving,” said David Casteel, TxDOT assistant executive director for field and district operations. “Be cautious and plan ahead. We want each and every citizen to arrive his or her destination safely."

Here are some tips to consider before heading out:


  • Be patient, allow enough time to reach your destination, and obey all traffic laws.


  • Roads will be crowded, and this could lead to some aggressive driving on the part of other motorists. Be courteous in these situations and avoid bad driving actions that may make the situation worse i.e., road rage.


  • Monitor the weather. If it’s going to be bad, particularly ice or snow events, consider staying home. Or rearrange your travel plans to avoid bad weather situations.


  • In 2009, there were 1,048 serious injuries and 39 deaths from traffic crashes that occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period.


For more winter weather driving tips, go to http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/winter_driving.htm. For information on Texas road conditions, call the Texas Travel Information Center at 800.452.9292 or visit TxDOT’s website at www.txdot.gov.


For more information contact Government & Public Affairs media relations at 512. 463.8700.


The Texas Department of Transportation

      The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining nearly 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its approximately 12,000 employees strive to empower local leaders to solve local transportation problems, and to use new financial tools, including tolling and public-private partnerships, to reduce congestion and pave the way for future economic growth while enhancing safety, improving air quality and preserving the value of the state's transportation assets. Find out more at www.txdot.gov. Fan us on Facebook www.facebook.com/txdot. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/txdot.


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