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PENNDOT Issues Safe Driving Tips for Labor Day

Labor Day may signal the end of summer, but the summer driving seasons remains in full swing.

As thousands of drivers take to Pennsylvania's highways for the long Labor Day holiday weekend, motorists are reminded that some simple safety precautions can help ensure the last trip of the summer is a safe one, according to the state Department of Transportation (PENNDOT).

"Buckle up and make sure your passengers are buckled up," said Keith Williams, PENNDOT District 4-0 Acting Traffic Engineer. "Using seat belts is one of the simplest steps drivers can take to improve safety when traveling in their cars."

Williams stressed that all children should ride in a car seat that is appropriate for their age and size, and all family members should ride properly restrained in seat belts. "Children rely on adults to make good decisions about doing the right things," he said. "Parents should set the example by buckling up."

State and local police will be out in numbers over the holiday weekend to strictly enforce seat belts laws and speed limits. Police all over the state will be conducting DUI checkpoints and roving patrols in an attempt to nab drunk drivers.

In addition to buckling up and driving sober, PENNDOT offers these other safety tips to make the holiday a safe one:

—Always maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

—Always use the proper turn signals.

—If taking a long trip, map out your route and pre-set your radio or CD player before taking to the road.

—When traveling long distances, take frequent breaks.

—Provide children with only soft books or plush toys and keep vehicle free of unnecessary items. In the event a vehicle must come to a sudden stop, hard toys or other objects in the vehicle can become projectiles.

—When traveling through construction work zones, be sure to obey the posted speed limit, even if it is a reduced speed limit. Even though it is a holiday weekend and workers are not present in the work zone, there is still equipment, barriers and/or altered traffic patterns which necessitate a reduced speed limit.

— Always be extra alert when driving through highway construction areas.

PENNDOT has temporarily halted construction on most major arteries in Northeastern Pennsylvania in order to facilitate holiday travel. More information may be obtained by checking out www.neparoads.com, PENNDOT's Northeastern Pennsylvania transportation website. For more safety tips, click on "Safety."

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