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Officials in Acadiana give tips on holiday travel

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Traveling during the holidays can be both stressful and dangerous.

According to the national center for statistics and analysis, the average for car crash fatalities in the united states is roughly 117 every day.

Holiday travel boosts that figure up to about 156. Whether it's around the corner or long distance, there are a few tips to keep in mind when getting behind the wheel this holiday season.

The number one tip they have is to plan ahead.

"So that you're not rushed and you're not trying to speed to get to that destination. Often times people are in a hurry to get to where they're going," says Kip Judice, Police Chief of Duson.

The trick is to remember to buckle up and steer clear of texting and driving.

"Texting and driving is a deadly issue. We know people are excited about getting to the next destination and communicating with others, but your text can wait. A text shouldn't cost you and your family your lives," explains Judice. 

Duson Police Chief Kip Judice says there's about a 40 percent increase in crashes on the interstate during the holidays because of the high volume of cars and distracted drivers.

He warns that the number one factor in crashes is drinking and driving.

"We talk about drinking and driving a lot and it is a fatal error often times. And unfortunately not just for the person who was drinking and driving, but for the person that they hit. Even if they're just going over to mom's house, drinking and driving is not worth it," Judice emphasizes. 

While there aren't as many crashes when flying, Lafayette Regional Airport Executive Director Steven Picou says there area few ways to keep your travels less stressful at the airport.

"Make sure that you arrive early, um 90 minutes. That ensures you can get through the checkpoint, relax on the other side of the checkpoint and continue on to your next destination," says Steven Picou.

And pack wisely "Don't wrap your Christmas presents because more of them are going to have to be unwrapped. Wrap them when you get there to your final destination," Picous says.

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