CHP conducting maximum enforcement patrols Thanksgiving weekend

Georgia roads deadly last Thanksgiving, state officials encourage safe driving

For that reason, Troopers will be highly visible in the next few days to prevent crashes. Some 324 people were injured and a total of 624 crashes occurred. "Wearing a seat belt is essential every day of the year, but we do not want to have festivities ruined as a result of people not buckling up for their trip".

"Best thing people can do is plan ahead, leave with plenty of time to get there and practice save driving habits", said Richardson.

Florida Highway Patrol crash data shows that in 2016 there were 406 crashes across the state on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, most crashes happen right around the 6 p.m. hour.

As part of the challenge, troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11 11 p.m. starting Wednesday through Sunday. Troopers say with more manpower on the roads, they can clear minor crashes quicker. "That's why we focus so heavily on those peak travel periods".

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Over the past several years, the Patrol has used special traffic enforcement projects to further their efforts to decrease traffic crashes and fatalities.

"Whether we are traveling a mile or a hundred miles we need to put that seat belt on". "If you buckle up, your risk of injury or death in a crash is greatly reduced".

Troopers, in unmarked cars, will be looking for drivers distracted by cellphones on interstates and main highways across the state this week. Motorists are exempt from Nevada's "Cell Phone Law" when reporting an emergency, and DUI drivers are considered an emergency and a danger to public safety.

As Thanksgiving weekend nears, local law enforcement and safety officials are reminding travelers to be careful on their journeys forward unto turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. "Officers issue warnings too; we aren't just out there to write that ticket".



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