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Ohio State Patrol urges Thanksgiving travelers to use caution

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The Ohio State Patrol says Wednesday morning's fatal accident in Warren county is a prime example of why motorists are being urged to use caution while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Paul Lezotte is urging motorists to buckle up. "Seat belts can save lives and reduce your injuries."

Traffic safety experts say Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be out on the road. Sgt. Lezotte says one way motorists can improve their odds is to avoid alcohol. "Typically people are off work on Friday so going into a four day weekend....they'll go out and drink. Obviously we don't want people to drink and drive. We encourage getting a designated driver."

Calling a cab a cab is also a good idea for people who choose to drink. Cab driver Adib Kanawati says the night before Thanksgiving usually gives him all the business he can handle. "We usually get really busy tonight. A lot of people come out like weekend stuff, but a little bit bigger so we are prepared for it."

Cheryl Parker with AAA Cincinnati says preparation is something motorists should keep in mind with so many people on the roadways. "Leave a lot of space between you and the car in front of you. Be patient, plan ahead and make sure you're busy and in a hurry because all those distractions can lead to something happening on the road."


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