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December Means Possible Driving Risks

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We all have our pet peeves, when it comes to sharing the roads with other drivers.

"I think the non-use of blinkers drives me the most crazy, especially when you're waiting to turn and somebody turns and doesn't use their blinker," Christina Sheppard said.

"How many more people are going to try to get through on the yellow light, while you have a green light and the people just keep coming through?" Steve Davis said.

Now that we are in the month of December, these examples can be even more dangerous.

The risk of a car accident goes up as traffic increases because of holiday shopping and traveling.

"There's just so many more people out on the road and they think they have 4-wheel drive, that they can drive really fast and you really can't," Sheppard said. "You have to slow down."

Even today's light rain can change road conditions.

But Deputy Armando Avina, of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, says there are other precautions you can take.

"Wear your seatbelts, slow down, especially in conditions like we're seeing today," Avina said.

Local law enforcement agencies just finished up the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

During that two-week span, they cited more than 300 drivers for a number of violations - 121 of them were speeding tickets.

"Speeding, it's not an excuse because you're running late," Avina said. "It's best to get there safe, rather than to be delayed a little bit."

The second most common violation was cell phone use while driving, with 54 citations in that two-week period.

"That's a dangerous thing," Davis said. "I don't like getting tickets, so I went out and got one of those hands-free devices. I just got a car, recently, that has it built in."

Despite the name of the campaign, only eight tickets were handed out for failing to wear seatbelts.

"I think people wear their seatbelts," Van Mouradian said. "I've been wearing it since I was in the military, in my twenties."

But officials say we all need to do more than just use our seatbelts.

Pay attention to surroundings, watch out for pedestrians, and focus on safety as a whole.

"Just because you're driving slow does not mean that you can use your cell phone and not be seat belted," Avina said. "Just because you're seat belted doesn't mean you can use your cell phone."

Written by Paul Nelson
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