|Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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|State Police and DMV Urge New Yorkers to Plan
for Safe Shopping, Driving This Holiday Season
STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE
The New York State Police and the Department of Motor Vechicles are encouraging New Yorkers to make safety a priority this
holiday season. From taking precautions to keep themselves and their purchases secure while shopping to removing snow and
safely securing a tree or large purchase before driving, staying safe only takes a few extra minutes of your time.
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Criminals will look for any opportunity to steal and take advantage of
their victims. It may sound simple, but whether you are shopping at a large mall or in a quaint downtown, always be aware of your
surroundings. The commonsense steps are the ones that will protect you from becoming a victim. Be sure to park your vehicle in a
well-lighted, well-traveled area. Always lock your car, and make sure your windows are rolled up and secured. If you see something
suspicious, report it to law enforcement or mall security immediately. Being alert and taking the appropriate precautions will help to
keep you safe this holiday shopping season.”
State Police offered the following additional tips for shoppers:
Shop with a friend or in a group
If shopping alone, don’t be afraid to ask security to escort you to your car
Store purchases in the trunk of your vehicle, under a blanket or out of view
Do not leave valuables in your car, and
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your money and credit cards in a front pocket
From shopping for gifts to finding the perfect tree to put them under, many people enjoy bringing a live tree into their homes for the
holidays. DMV reminds New Yorkers to be certain that the tree is properly secured before you start to drive and warns that drivers
can face penalties if an unsecured tree falls off their vehicle. The driver should also have an unobstructed view out of all windows.
“The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, and we want people to enjoy them safely,” said Terri Egan, DMV’s Executive Deputy
Commissioner. “It only takes a few moments to make sure your property is safe and secure and your car is not a hazard to yourself
According to a new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real tree in the last three years did not properly
secure it to their vehicle. Failure to properly secure a tree risks dangerous road debris and damage to your vehicle.
If you’re thinking about decorating your vehicle for the holidays, it is not legal to put decorative lights on your car, truck or SUV and
doing so could lead to a ticket. Other decorations must be secured and not obscure the driver’s vision, the vehicle’s lights or the
In the event of snow during your travels, make sure to remove any accumulation from your vehicle. Not only should the windows be
cleared so that you can see, but snow should also be removed from the roof so it does not suddenly slide down your windshield or
blow off and obscure the views of other motorists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a host of winter driving tips to help you prepare for your journey. To
check the weather and road conditions along your route, you can check 511ny.org for up-to-the-minute information or you can call
If you plan to go out celebrating for the holidays, DMV urges drivers to use the Have a Plan app to help determine a safe way to get
home. The free app from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation allows you to designate a
driver, call a cab or ride share, and to review the consequences of impaired driving. You can even use the app to report a drunk or
drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.
For more information about DMV, visit dmv.ny.gov, or follow the DMV conversation online on Facebook and Twitter. You can also
follow the State Police on Facebook or Twitter.