Holiday safety reminders when it comes to shopping or driving

The holidays can be both stressful and rewarding, especially when it comes to shopping for friends and family. Authorities from the Duluth Police Department gave a few suggestions for staying safe shopping this season.

If you plan getting your holiday shopping done on Black Friday, there are some important tips to remember. First and foremost remember to park in well-lit areas, and always lock you doors before shopping. Next, make sure to carry your wallet or purse close, and hold onto your shopping receipts. Finally, always keep your holiday gifts and shopping bags in your trunk and be aware of your surroundings.

Although, what if you don’t want stress when it comes to holiday shopping in person for Black Friday sales? Well there are also some great shopping tips for shopping online for Cyber Monday. Authorities advised not to pay with gift cards online, and do not use a money transfer service.

A recommendation with online holiday shopping, to use a trustworthy website and stay vigilant against scammers. If you believe you are being scammed, call the Federal Trade Commission right away at 1-877-382-4357.

When driving to visit family or friends this holiday season, authorities have some reminders as well. If a person plan on drinking make have a plan to have a designated driver, or getting home safely. Another recommendation is to not drink at all to drive home sober, or use alternative transportation.

Every weekend from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve, the Duluth Police Department will have patrols identifying impaired drivers to ensure safe roadways this holiday season. If you are planning on being sober offer to be a designated driver or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.

For more information on having fun this holiday season you can read our story here

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