Safety Reminders for Holiday Travels – By Land or By Air

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Welcome to holiday travel season, folks!  Let's talk safety.

In Grand Prairie -- just in time for Thanksgiving week -- Police Chief Steven Dye made a big announcement: "Guess what? In Grand Prairie, don't drink and drive, because it's 'No Refusal' every day in Grand Prairie," Dye said.  "We are no longer taking breath samples, because we all know a blood specimen is more scientific and more accurate."

Yeah, other city leaders and law enforcement folks showed up in Grand Prairie too, representing a three-county DWI task force.

Among the speakers was Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk.  "If you make the choice to drink and drive, you risk your own safety; you also risk the safety of others," Hawk said.

"The best memories in life are made during the holidays," said Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen. "You don't want those memories to turn into your worst nightmare."

Yeah, we all know how dangerous drinking and driving can be, but drunk drivers aren't the only danger for holiday travelers.  What about the dangers of air travel in this age of terrorism?

Just Tuesday night, two Air France flights from the U.S. made emergency landings because of bomb threats.  No bomb turned up on either plane, but it's enough to rattle the nerves of any flyer.

Jose L. Torres from the Dallas Department of Aviation says safety measures are already in place, but he did concede that "Now, because of Paris, we're going to be more vigilant."

Yeah, and Homeland Security says they "know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the U.S. Homeland of the type that occurred in Paris."

Hey, no one wants you to stay home and lock the doors, but while you're traveling, remember to say something if you see something suspicious.  And real talk y'all: Don't drink and drive.

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