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Message Monday - Happy Festivus! Slow it down for the rest of us


12-23 FestivusDo you find tinsel distracting? Do you enjoy proving yourself through feats of strengths? Maybe Festivus, the holiday bestowed upon the world by the 90’s comedy Seinfeld, is for you.

Many people would like to air their grievances about the speed at which others on the road around them are moving. With weather concerns and holiday parties, the combinations of tricky road conditions and impaired thinking are made so much worse when you add speed to the mix.

Whenever you’re behind the wheel:

  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Leave plenty of space between vehicles

So, what is Festivus?

For 2019, there have been 319 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of seven since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Bureau of Driver & Identification Services, go to the daily fatality report at

Loved the festival sign! Keep up the good work! Thanks

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