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Officials urge road safety following 3 fatal holiday accidents

Blackburn reminds drivers to always have a plan. (Photo source: WLOX News) Blackburn reminds drivers to always have a plan. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Abco towing company says the worst accidents happen during inclement weather. (Photo source: WLOX News) Abco towing company says the worst accidents happen during inclement weather. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

While people are still in celebration mode with 2016 just days away, local officials say there are more vehicles traveling on the road between Christmas and New Year's Day.

After a reported three deaths in Harrison County during the Christmas holiday, Biloxi police wants residents to know it's okay to have fun - as long as they're being responsible.  

"You have these people that go out to these parties for their holidays, and don't think or consider other folks. They get behind the wheel and end up hurting themselves, or someone else," Biloxi's Traffic Unit Supervisor Sergeant Brian Dykes said.

Abco is one of the towing companies that works with Biloxi's Police Department when it comes to recovering cars in accidents. Manager Greg Blackburn says the worst accidents happen when there's inclement weather.

When weather mixes with other distractions, Blackburn says accidents can turn deadly.

"Keep an eye out for everything that's around you," Blackburn said. "Always be aware of your surrounds and stay off the phone. Two seconds of you looking down at your phone can be your life."

The message: Be safe and responsible; no one wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially during the holidays. 

"There's nothing we can stress harder than, please make a plan, please get home safely. I'm sure your loved ones want to continue to enjoy you for a long time. There's always a taxi or a friend. Or last resort you can always call us," Sgt. Dykes said.

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