Happy Memorial Day
Originating after the American Civil War, known then as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day in which we remember and honor all men and women who have died in service to our great Country. Please, take time to remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and be sure to thank a Veteran, while remembering the significance of Memorial Day, a day that has also become the unofficial start of summer.
I would also like to take this time to remind citizens to keep safety in mind, as many of you may be planning to travel during Memorial Day weekend. Roadways may be busy across the country. Anyone planning to be on the road over the holiday weekend should plan extra time for travel while remembering to be patient and drive safely.
Even if you have received your full vaccination for COVID-19, please continue to follow the recommendations of our state and city/county when it comes to non-essential travel.
The following are good general reminders for your travels:
Buckle your safety belt - it's the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend
Don't drink and drive - even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment
Put down the cell phone - about 8 people are killed every day in crashes involving distracted drivers* - don't text and drive! In many states, using your cell phone while driving is against the law.
Be prepared - take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you're stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays
Turn down the music - hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene
Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel - eating and rummaging through things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble
Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you're bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don't let other drivers ruin your holiday
Get plenty of rest - make sure you're well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted
Take frequent breaks - stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often - keeping in mind social distancing rules and regulations
Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Lafayette Woods, Jr.