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12/16/04 - East Texas

Hundreds Expected to Die in Holiday Crashes

by Ramonica R. Jones

Hundreds of people are expected to die over the next few weeks in car crashes. There is always lots of holiday traffic on Texas highways, but alcohol use helps make it one of the deadliest times to be on the road.

AAA says young drivers and drunk drivers are involved in most of these wrecks. State troopers say many of these crashes can be avoided if people obey the speed limit and become defensive drivers.

State highway trooper Greg Sanches says, "If people are going to drink, then use a designated driver. Do not drink and drive, just for the safety of it."

AAA predicts about 800 people will die on highways across the country during the holiday season.

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