At Thanksgiving, teens and young adults come home from college, and families travel to celebrate the holiday ["LI to step up DWI patrol during holiday week," News, Nov. 26]. The time between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day is one of the busiest for travel, and newly licensed teens do not have the experience they need to navigate heavy traffic and winter weather conditions.

Drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by following these travel rules: No alcohol or other drug use. Always buckle up. Don't use cellphones or text. Avoid other distractions, such as eating. Limit the number of passengers. Restrict night driving. Obey the speed limit.

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A car crash could ruin the holidays for you and your family forever.

Wendy Tepfer, North Merrick

Editor's note: The writer is the director of the Community Parent Center, a resource center for education programs.