PHOENIX — There are no scheduled freeway closures in the Valley over the Thanksgiving weekend beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through Monday morning.
The Arizona Department of Transportation encourages drivers to expect the unexpected and focus on safe driving to make sure you make it to the table safely for the traditional feast.
This includes getting adequate rest, obeying speed limits and never driving while impaired.
A total of 12 people were killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend last year on Arizona roads, including both highways and local streets, according to ADOT. Of those deaths, four occurred in crashes listed as alcohol-related.
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No construction or maintenance closures are scheduled on state highways, but ADOT advises motorists to "expect the unexpected" and focus on safe driving during the Grand Canyon State’s holiday travel season. https://t.co/2klfYVqTjt pic.twitter.com/DNsK3aCwfT
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Drivers are also advised to pack an emergency kit that includes items like extra water bottles, snacks, a flashlight and other helpful things like blankets, warm clothing, a first aid kit, prescription medications and a cellphone charger.
ADOT recommends people also check their vehicle before hitting the road, including the tire pressure, engine belts and hoses, fluid levels and the condition of the windshield wipers.
While no closures are scheduled, drivers are advised to plan for unscheduled restrictions due to crashes, disabled vehicles or other incidents.
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