Stay safe on and off the roads this holiday season

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Mackenzie Wanicka

With Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, remember not everyone is out there spreading holiday cheer.

Presents purchased for the holidays are big thief targets if they’re left in cars improperly, said Northport Police Department Assistant Police Chief Keith Carpenter.

“If you’re going to leave presents and stuff in their vehicles, be sure to lock the doors or take presents and put them out of sight,” Carpenter said. “Take it inside if you can.”

In a hurry to get to that holiday shindig? Don’t get reckless.

Carpenter said anyone heading out for events must have a plan for getting back home in one piece.

“It’s a time where people have a lot of gatherings with family and all, and there’s always an opportunity for alcohol,” Carpenter said. “You just need to have a plan if you’re going to have a merry time during holiday parties and to have a designated driver.”

Another potential way you can get home safe? Take a cab or catch a lift via one of the many ride-sharing apps available like Uber or Lyft.

Reckless driving is also a major problem throughout holidays, and Carpenter said driving with safety in mind is a must. Buckle up, put the phone down and keep both hands on the wheel.

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