Decatur PD shares holiday season safety reminders

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

The Decatur Police Department wants area families to keep several travel and safety reminders
handy during the Christmas season:
● Stay on the nice list: put your phone away while driving. Even if you’re running late, keep
your phone in your pocket or purse until you can park in a safe location to respond to
calls and texts. If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar location, always program your
navigation app or GPS before you start driving. Almost 25 percent of car crashes are a
result of distracted driving.
● Bringing gifts with you? Store them in the trunk. Shopping bags and wrapped presents in
the back seat are a target for theft. Be sure to think ahead when loading your vehicle.
● If you plan on drinking, hand over the keys. If you’re attending a party that’s serving
alcohol over the holiday season, have a designated driver arranged before you arrive.
Nothing takes the merry out of the Christmas season like paying for a DUI.
● Hosting a party? Keep an eye on the festivities. Stop serving alcoholic beverages well
before the gathering ends. Ensure everyone has a designated driver or a safe way to get
home – through services like Uber or Lyft. To curb the risk of guests consuming too
much alcohol, schedule get-togethers for earlier in the afternoon.
● Make safety the first item on your holiday to-do list. When running errands, go with a
group or in pairs. Try to shop only during daylight hours. Never carry large bills on your
person. Always have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Avoid putting
packages, purses or wallets on top of your vehicle or on the pavement while you’re
loading your car.
Report any unusual behavior or activity to the police department at 256-341- 4660. For
emergencies, always dial 911.

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