Holiday safety advice

Watch for driving conditions on Tripcheck this holiday season.

Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols during the holidays running through Jan. 1. Police will be emphasis will be on the Fatal 5 driving behaviors, which lead to serious injury and fatal crashes. Those are speed, occupant safety, lane usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.

Police ask motorists to report dangerous drivers and those believed to be impaired. AAA projects a record-breaking holiday travel season this year with about a third of the population traveling for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter driving conditions. Pack an emergency kit as well as food and water for you and your passengers, including your four-footed family members. Bring extra jackets, gloves, blankets and warm clothing.

As with other holiday weekends, police motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time.

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