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Dec 24, 2012 10:45 AM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

MHP offers up road safety advice

MISSOULA - Roads could be tricky out there for holiday travelers, and the Montana Highway Patrol is offering up some advice to help people stay safe.

MHP Sergeant Art Collins advises folks to plan ahead, buckle up, and not to drink and drive.

Collins says travelers should take extra time in the winter to get to where they're going, and to also take breaks to avoid fatigue behind the wheel.

You never know what, or who, could be out on the roadways, so wearing your seatbelt is crucial, according to Collins.

Statistics show that over 75% of the fatal crashes that happen in Montana involve unrestrained occupants. Collins also has some advice for folks who come upon a snowstorm while driving.

"Just slow down, prepare to be late, and don't worry about being late, because your loved ones would be much happier if you arrive late than if you don't arrive at all," he said.

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