Travel Safely this Thanksgiving

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 Traveling for the holidays this Thanksgiving? Be safe. According to AAA, more than 55 million travelers are taking to the roads and skies this Thanksgiving. Leave early, plan ahead for heavy traffic. If you are driving this holiday, make sure your vehicle is in proper working order. Buckle Up! Seat belts save lives; Thanksgiving is NHTSA Buckle up America Day.

Hang up and drive! Distracted driving kills, have a co-pilot. Your significant other or other family members can navigate your phone or GPS while you are driving. Get a good night's sleep and avoid drowsy driving. Never drive after you have consumed alcohol, prescription medication or other drugs. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.
While you are out shopping this holiday, keep your car doors locked and windows closed at all times. Make sure to use your car alarm or other anti-theft devices. Be aware of your surroundings when parking. If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area. Avoid parking next to vans, vehicles with dark tinted windows or other suspicious vehicles. These vehicles could contain individuals scouting the parking lot looking for vehicles to steal or break into. Never leave your vehicle unoccupied with the motor running or with your children inside.

Do not leave packages or valuables inside your vehicle. If you must leave something inside your vehicle, store it out of sight, in your trunk or under a blanket. If you are putting packages into your car to free up your hands and then returning back into the mall to finish shopping, move your car. Drive to another area of the mall. It's also a good idea to shop with a friend or relative for added security. Keep a secure hold on your purse and bags at all times and when approaching your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings and do not approach your car alone if you see something suspicious.

Chief Keller and all of us here at the Montebello Police Department, want you to have an enjoyable and safe holiday!