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For Immediate Release

September 2, 2011


(Harris County, TX) -- With so many people hitting the road over the holiday weekend, Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) offers the following travel safety tips:

-Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination.
-Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver who won’t drink.                                                                                           -Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
-Observe speed limits, and use caution in work zones.
-Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches and during inclement weather.
-Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

If you’re planning a barbeque, here are some reminders to help your grilling go safely:

-Always supervise a barbeque grill when in use.
-Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
-Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
-Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. A small spark or burning ember can ignite dry vegetation. Winds will fan the flames and spread the fire rapidly.

Remember that Harris County is under a burn ban.  The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to watch for “Red Flag” warnings 

Law enforcement partners remind everyone that this is a no-refusal weekend.  Intoxicated drivers who refuse breathalyzer tests can be ordered to provide blood samples.  Anyone suspected of drinking and driving will be tested on the spot and violators will go to jail.

The no-refusal weekend also applies to boaters. 

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