Montgomery Deputies Emphasize Roadway Safety During Holiday Travel


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery -- many drivers are hitting the roadways early hoping to make it home for the holidays and with just one day until Christmas, timing is everything. But deputies say speeding and heavy celebrating also make this one of the most dangerous travel times of the year.

As you're out driving, Montgomery deputies say watch out -- because not only are you dealing with a higher volume of travelers, but you're also dealing with higher chances of impaired and distracted drivers.

Thousands of drivers hitting the roads -- all to spend the holidays with their loved-ones, including Dane Roberts and his family. They're traveling more than 1,000 miles away from Houston, Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina. He says the roadways haven't been pretty.

"We saw a couple of accidents. There was at least one fairly serious one and we've seen some officers. [It] seems like it was a little bit ramped up last night," Said Roberts.

Accidents like one on Monday, located on Interstate 85, just before Taylor Road, leaving roadways blocked with lots of traffic, along with two drivers with minor injuries.

Montgomery County Chief Deputy, Derrick Cunningham says it's the season when accidents go up, many of them caused by distracted drivers -- so don't be surprised to see blue lights on the streets and interstates -- even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"If a person is going to pack up something to drink, they need to pack a designated driver because we're going to be looking. Law enforcement will be out on the road. We're going to be looking for those people that have been out consuming," Said Cunningham.

Deputies are emphasizing to drive in the daylight. They say most crashes happen during the nighttime.

AAA says about 95 million people are traveling at least 50 miles to their destination. More than 90 percent of them will be driving.


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