A combination of winter weather, impaired drivers and other factors have proven deadly on Iowa highways during past Thanksgiving holiday weekends.
· Do not drink and drive. If you are attending an event where alcohol is served, designate a nondrinking driver to drive home from the party and stick with that decision.
· Put your mobile phone away. Distractions due to talking or texting while driving are leading causes of motor vehicle crashes.
· Ensure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt – all positions, all ages.
· Do not follow too closely behind another vehicle, especially in heavier traffic or when you are traveling at higher speeds.
· Obey posted speed limits. Slow down if your vision is limited by heavy rain, fog or snow.
Over the last decade, traffic fatality data shows the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday noon to midnight Sunday) as having the highest number of highway fatalities of the six different holiday periods tracked by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
In the last two years, 12 people were killed in traffic crashes over the extended weekend, four of those fatalities involved crashes with impaired drivers.