Highway Patrol will increase traffic enforcement for Thanksgiving holiday

Saul Bowman
November 24, 2017

"So our mere presence here is maintaining the vehicle speed around us, and everyone's driving under control", he said. Although only two percent of people involved in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday were not wearing their seat belts, over 30 percent of those that died in those crashes were not wearing a seat belt.

"Anytime you got more cars on the road, that's just more chance for a crash to occur", said Richardson.

"I can't say for certain that every one of them that would be wearing their seatbelts would have survived, but I sure do like the odds", said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

To help prevent wrecks, NCSHP will participate in the I-40 Thanksgiving Challenge, which involves law enforcement agencies from eight states.

"Tragically, traffic fatalities are on the rise in Virginia", Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said in a statement.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, 20 people were killed in auto collisions between last year's 102-hour Thanksgiving holiday travel period. "Between navigating unfamiliar roads, driving late at night or after having a few drinks". "We want everyone to arrive alive and enjoy the holiday". Thanksgiving is traditionally the most traveled holiday.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is setting up extra patrols Wednesday and Sunday along Interstate 40 as part of a multi-state challenge to reduce fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period, the patrol reports. Obey all of the traffic laws - all of the time.

Wednesday and Sunday are the days when FHP responded to the most crashes. On Friday, November 24, the system will be open on a normal weekday schedule.

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