On 11/26/14, the Columbia Police Department's Traffic Unit will enhance traffic enforcement on Interstate 70 and Highway 63 in anticipation of holiday traffic.
The enforcement is an annual event and will take place between 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. on both major highways. The event moves to reduce traffic crashes during peak roadway traffic due to the Thanksgiving holiday and will target hazardous moving violations such as speeding, following too closely, the move over law, and impaired driving. Officers will also enforce occupant protection laws and driver's license violations.
The Columbia Police Department reminds you to practice safe driving this holiday season and take notice of the following tips:
Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel.Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seat belts and car safety seats. Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride. Be flexible in setting your travel plans. Leave early to avoid peak traffic hours. Stay fresh and alert when driving. Keep your speed down. Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to pass safely.Choose a designated driver who will remain alcohol free at your get-together.Do not text and drive. If you must take a phone call, pull off the road and complete the call.
Holiday events and celebrations are meant to be exciting times for family and friends; don't let it turn into a tragedy from a traffic crash.