State police add extra patrols for Thanksgiving holiday

by Antonio Miles November 24, 2017, 1:02
State police add extra patrols for Thanksgiving holiday

From 2012 to 2016, over 800 people died in alcohol impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period which runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Monday, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.

If you're heading out the door to get on the road this Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to know when is the most unsafe time to drive in Florida.

But that's nothing compared to what's expected starting Wednesday when the Thanksgiving travel period begins. "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". "We want you to get there safely and home". "It's going to be a lot of people out during the roads during the holiday this year", says Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G, Master Sgt. Criss Turnipseed.

Wednesday night, many motorists will be hitting the road to their destination to spend Thanksgiving with family.

Last year, more than 10,000 crashes occurred in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday. A Camden County Sheriff's Deputy's auto is a prime example, right before a chase, the deputy buckled up his seat belt at the last minute and it saved his life.

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, recently announced Troop D officers will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Obey all of the traffic laws - all of the time.

The Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number is 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone).

Troopers will be stationed every 20 miles on I-40 for the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday as part of the challenge, the release said.

"When there are more cars on the road, people can get frustrated", said Priessman. During the MEP, CHP officers will educate motorists and enforce traffic safety laws throughout the state to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.

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