Authorities remind holiday motorists to be safe

Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 5:03 PM EST
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It will be an unusual holiday traffic season, with Christmas and New Years happening in the middle of the week this year.

But law enforcement agencies, as usual, are reminding drivers to be cautious on the roadways for both holidays.

The weather, at least in the daytime is expected to be dry and mild, but drivers are reminded that could change during nighttime hours.

"It might be nice and sunny out, but you hit a shady spot, and there might be some precipitation out that you might want to watch out for," says Lt. Chris Chesar, Commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "Always travel at a legitimate speed, make sure you're aware of your surroundings and what the weather might be like. It's subject to change; it could be 50 today, and overnight it could be 20 degrees."

People out for the Christmas and New Years holidays are reminded to obey the traffic laws, have a designated driver, and avoid distractions such as texting while driving.

The number of fatal accidents, both in Ohio and in Washington County, have increased during 2019.