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Originally published: 2013-12-12 15:54:14
Last modified: 2013-12-12 15:55:00

Our View: Safety first as we roll into holidays

Most of us have finished our Thanksgiving leftovers, but as we approach the Christmas and New Year holidays, there is still something left on each our plates -- safe holiday driving. 

A recent holiday "Click It or Ticket" campaign by the Governor's Highway Safety Program puts a spotlight on the problem. 

During the seven-day campaign, officers cited more than 3,666 drivers and passengers for seat belt and child passenger safety violations, and more than 5,000 for criminal violations and drinking while impaired. 

In Watauga County alone, those numbers included one for DWI, 23 for not buckling up and 122 for other traffic violations. 

One point of the traffic campaign is that each citation for a safety infraction is one that could have been avoided through drivers and passengers making better choices -- and following rules that are designed to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. 

Especially now, with the rush of the holidays upon us -- we are by this time all aware that this year poses one of the "shortest" shopping periods of the Christmas seasons, heightening that rush -- it's time to slow down, pay attention and remember to engage with the rules of the road.  Safety first is a good motto, and it's one we can all live with.