Take precautions when traveling during Holidays
November 24, 1999
With the arrival of the holiday season, many people will take to the roads to arrive at their destinations. Some precautions may be taken to help ensure travelers meet with relatives or friends safely, and the empty houses they leave behind are safe.
According to Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg of the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department, the most critical thing holiday travelers can do to ensure a safe arrival is planning.
“People need to give themselves plenty of time to get to where they are going,” said Hoberg. “Even that accident in Denver the other day was caused by excessive speed. If you need to be in Denver by 6 p.m., why not leave at noon to make sure you don’t have to rush to get there on time?”
Hoberg also believes it is a good idea to carry items in the car in case there is a problem.
“Provisions, blankets, a flashlight, a bucket of sand, a shovel and road flares are all good to have in your car,” said Hoberg. “It is also wise to make sure your cell phone is charged and you take it with you if you have one.”
Before people ever get on the road there are some steps they may take to help make sure their house is in the same condition as they left it. According to Hoberg, anyone leaving their house for an extended period of time should call the Craig Police Department or the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and get their house in the vacation house-check program. Sheriff’s deputies or police officers will patrol the house on a regular basis and make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.
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It is also a good idea to ask a trusted neighbor to check on the house. Neighbors can make sure the heat is still on so people don’t come home to a house full of frozen pipes. Neighbors can also report anything that looks suspicious.
“Even if you get snow it is nice to have a set of tracks going into the house so people think the house is active,” said Hoberg.
Neighbors may also collect mail and newspapers that accumulate during the vacation.