Traffic Backs Up As Holiday Nears

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

Holiday shopping equals holiday traffic.

Grand Central Avenue is not only busy this time of year - it can be dangerous.

There are many things that we love about the holiday season, but heavy traffic is one thing that people don't like.

With the snow Monday morning and many school closings, it was just as crazy as the weekends have been.

Vienna Police say Monday morning they were out at multiple car accidents.

And the department of highways says more people travel down Grand Central Avenue this time of year than the interstate.

The road sees an average of over 36,000 vehicles on a normal day.

During the holiday season that number peaks significantly.

"Maintain a safe speed, and slow down when traffic is congested," says Rusty Roten, with the department of highways. "Pay attention to the drivers around you and of course pay attention to the roadway, no texting."

Murdoch, Ohio and Garfield Avenues are also very busy during this time of year.

Roten says if possible, try to exit and enter on signaled intersections.

It's important to be aware while driving and stay off the phone.

If someone puts their breaks on and you're not looking, that's when accidents happen.

Roten say be a courteous driver.

This holiday season everyone has a lot on their mind, give one another a break.

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