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Police Patrols Prepping for Holiday Travel

You might be surprised to hear that statistically speaking, Thanksgiving is the holiday with the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. That's according to the National Safety Commission, which also says that this Thanksgiving week is the most traveled holiday period - and 90-percent is cars. So Indiana State Police are once again taking part in the annual Safe Family Travel and Operation Pull Over campaign. Extra officers will be patrolling the roadways, especially on the lookout for dangerous and drunk drivers.
State police are stepping up to make sure the estimated millions of travelers are staying safe on the streets.

You might be surprised to hear that statistically speaking, Thanksgiving is the holiday with the largest number of drunk driving fatalities.

That's according to the National Safety Commission, which also says that this Thanksgiving week is the most traveled holiday period - and 90-percent is cars.    

So Indiana State Police are once again taking part in the annual Safe Family Travel and Operation Pull Over campaign.

Extra officers will be patrolling the roadways, especially on the lookout for dangerous and drunk drivers.

"The roadways are going to be even more dangerous because of the volume of traffic so the last thing you need to do is be aggressive, talking on your cell phone. You need to have 100% of your attention on the roadway for that mishap that may occur in front of you. The last thing you want to do is be involved in that mishap," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts.

"You just have to make the conscious decision to wear seat belts. You have to make the conscious decision to drive sober. A lot of our vehicle crashes can be prevented or reduced by using the common theme of drive safe, sober and buckle up," Watts added.

Police remind you to buckle you and your kids up, and make sure your child is in the proper safety seat for the height/weight.

Don't use cruise control on slick roads, remember the "two-second rule" the following distance for the car in front of you, and make sure whoever is driving is well-rested.

If you see any dangerous driving, have a passenger in your car call 911, and try to provide a location and license plate number.
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