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Stay safe during the holidays

by jmaloni
Fri, Dec 24th 2010 12:05 pm

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office will be taking extra precautionary measures to guarantee your safety during the holidays and is encouraging the residents of Niagara County to do the same.

The sheriff's office is stepping up its traffic enforcement on busy roadways and shopping areas into the new year.

Voutour states, "Our focus will be on aggressive and distracted driving behaviors such as tailgating and cell phones. This type of behavior is one of Niagara County's leading contributing factors in motor vehicle crashes. In addition to our enhanced traffic enforcement, we recommend that while you are on the roads and out Christmas shopping please follow these simple rules:

•Lock your car doors;

•Don't leave your vehicle running unattended;

•Don't leave valuables in your car in plain sight;

•Park in a well-lit area;

•Report any suspicious activity.

"For you and your family, seat belts provide the best defense against impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers. In fact, wearing your seat belt is the single most effective crash protection available."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,250 lives in 2008.

Voutour reminds everyone to allow extra time for travel and by no means, attempt to make up lost time on the roadway. Remember, it's winter.

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