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August 29, 2013

Holiday travel in state expected to increase

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Woodward, Okla. — SAFETY CONCERNS ON THE ROAD

As the vast majority, or nearly 85 percent, of Labor Day travelers are expected to travel by automobile, Mai said there are several things drivers should be aware of this holiday weekend.

"The most popular days to travel are this coming Friday when about half of the holiday travelers have indicated as their departing date, and Monday, Sept. 2, which is the most popular date of return for travelers," he said.

It is important to know about these heavy travel times, he said, so drivers can "consider timing our trips to avoid these times."

He strongly urged those travelers who can to consider leaving and/or returning from their Labor Day trips either the day before or after these peak driving times because "the highways will be less congested and there's an extra measure of safety built in as well."

As an additional safety precaution, Mai encouraged drivers to keep an eye on other drivers.

Because it is a holiday period, he said there is an "increased risk of inattentive driving, distracted driving, and falling asleep at the wheel."

"People are on holiday, on a little vacation so they may not be paying quite as much attention to the road as they may during the regular Monday through Friday work week," he said.  "They may also be in a party frame of mind and alcohol may be involved."

So to help keep you and your family safe on the road, Mai encouraged travelers to " drive refreshed, limit distractions, expect the unexpected."

"Be aware that the other drivers are celebrating the holiday too and may not be paying as much attention as they should," he said.

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