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Motorists urged to slow down, stay safe

Crowded roadways can cause an increase in collisions

Posted: November 25, 2009 8:57 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Officials are asking holiday travelers to buckle up, stay sober and avoid rushing on the road.

“The roadways get crowded during the four-day weekend,” said California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz.

“If you have ample enough time (to plan) before your trip, and you’re not in a hurry ... The best thing you can do is prepare.”

CHP and sheriff’s officials have increased the number of officers and deputies on the roadways searching for drunken drivers and for those not using safety belts.

The period started Wednesday night and will last through Sunday, Lutz said.

Fire officials are advising drivers, especially those with campers, to be mindful of winds, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Matt Levesque.

The Santa Ana winds are forecast to remain strong today and die down through the weekend.

Officials also are urging motorists to keep watch for debris and sudden changes in visibility due to dust.

Local CHP officers responded to 60 crashes during last year’s holiday enforcement period, Lutz said. None of the crashes involved fatalities, he added.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to 10 traffic collisions last year on Thanksgiving Day and on the Wednesday before, with only one of those resulting in an injury, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Cohen.


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