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County Officials Offer Tips to Help Residents Stay Safe During Holidays

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined Police Chief Tom Manger, Fire Chief Scott Goldstein and other officials at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets to provide information to help community members Stay Safe this Holiday Season. Leggett urged residents to “Be Seen, Be Alert and Be Responsible.” The County Executive suggested tips for driver and pedestrian safety, safety in parking lots, impaired driving prevention and respecting disability parking spaces.

“We are asking people to do some things that are very simple and common sense; be seen, be alert, and be responsible,” said Leggett surrounded by police and firefighters near the parking lot at Clarksburg Premium Outlets.

“Knowing there will be many people out and about during the holiday season, please be extra careful,” said Leggett. “When you are driving, stay focused and watch for pedestrians. When you are walking, try to wear something light-colored or bright and do not assume that drivers can see you. If you are going to be drinking alcoholic beverages, be sure to have a designated driver or call a taxi. By using common sense, we can stay safe this holiday season.”

“The fourth quarter of the year rolling over into the beginning of January of the next year, which includes the holiday season, is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers and pedestrians,” said Chief Manger. “This traditionally has been the highest quarter of the year for traffic crashes. Our officers will be conducting enforcements, but we need everyone to do everything they can to prevent these tragedies.”

“Any pedestrian fatality or injury is one too many,” said Chief Goldstein. “Our first responders see firsthand the correlation between distractions and collisions. Drivers, look out for pedestrians especially in hard-to-see conditions such as nighttime or inclement weather. Pedestrians, follow the rules of the road and pay attention to traffic. Whether on foot or behind the wheel, we need to work together, look out for each other and curb the distractions.”