06/23/05 — Sheriff gives tips for safe holiday travel

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Sheriff gives tips for safe holiday travel

By Jack Stephens
Published in News on June 23, 2005 1:45 PM

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders reminds residents to plan if they are traveling over the long July 4 weekend.

"To have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend trip," the sheriff said, "don't forget these tips in preparing for and during your travels."

*Check your vehicle, making sure the cooling system, brakes, belts and tires are in good condition.

*Carry a can of "Fix-a-Flat," a flashlight, traffic flares, jumper cables and a gallon of water.

*Don't leave home without your driver's license, duplicate car keys, registration, auto insurance car and names and addresses of someone to contact in case of an emergency.

*Know where you are going to avoid getting lost. Carry a map of the area that you are visiting. Watch your fuel gauge and make sure your tank is full before traveling long stretches of open road.

*Make sure adults are wearing seat belts and children are in safety seats.

*Reduce your speed if the road is wet or fog restricts your visibility, and keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you.

*When you are tired, stop and take a break, because many collisions are caused by driver fatigue. Plan stops at well-lighted, populated areas.

*If you are camping, lock your camper or motor home. If you need help, your horn can be heard for a long way.

The sheriff also reminded residents that patrols will be increased on county roads over the weekend to locate drunk drivers, speeders and reckless drivers.