NORWALK, Conn. -- In an effort to ensure community safety on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Norwalk Department of Police Service will have additional patrols on the road Wednesday night, authorities said.
DUI enforcement units will be roving throughout the city, and additional patrol units will also be assigned to specific areas where an increase in pedestrian traffic is expected, according to police.
Those who plan on drinking Wednesday night are urged to designate a driver or make alternate transportation plans, police said.
To help travelers stay safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following precautions:
• Buckle seat belts: All drivers and passengers should wear seat belts every time when traveling in a vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is one of the best defenses to prevent injury and death in a crash.
• Protect child passengers: If you're traveling with children, remember the best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right child safety seat and use it the right way. All children 13 and younger should ride in the back seat.
• Don't drink and drive: Every 45 minutes someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. Be responsible, and don't drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
• Avoid distractions: According to NHTSA data from 2012, 10 percent of fatal crashes and 18 percent of injury crashes were distraction-related. Distracted driving can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving, including cellphone use, texting while driving, eating, drinking and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices.
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