Online Originals: Holiday Travel? Safe traveling tips from Pitt County Deputies – WNCT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Christmas Eve is a time when people begin rushing home to see loved ones for the holidays. Since this year has looked a little different, we want to make sure you and the people you love are safe in their travels this holiday weekend.

Whether flying, or driving by car, the Pitt County Sheriffs Office has some safe travel tips.

With COVID-19 concerns still prevalent, Sgt. Lee Darnell with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said his biggest push is for public health safety. That means wearing your mask around people not in your immediate household, washing your hands, and waiting six feet apart or more from others.

Darnell said the second most important tip is to make sure you and your car are prepared to travel. Getting your car serviced before traveling, making sure your tires have decent tread, stocking up on water, first aid kits, flashlights and jumper cables can help ensure you reach your destination safely.

It’s also important to remember that old stand-bys are still critical to safe traveling. Do not drive distracted (phone, GPS, singing, etc.), Do not drink and drive and do not drive drowsy. Darnell said driving sleepy is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated.

You also need to plan your travel ahead of time. Road laws are different in every state, so while you may know North Carolina roads, if you’re traveling to another state, be looking out for changing road signs and laws.

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