Indiana News – Indiana State Police Increase Patrols during Thanksgiving Holiday

“Safe Family Travel” – Evansville – To help ensure the safety of all motorists during the Thanksgiving holiday period, Indiana State Police will be joining more than 250 other Indiana law enforcement agencies in participating in the annual Safe Family Travel campaign. Beginning today and running through Sunday, December 6, Indiana State Police will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and saturation patrols looking for impaired and dangerous drivers. Troopers will also be specifically looking for drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up or properly restrain children.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), there were 520 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana resulting in 235 injuries and three fatalities just last year in November.
Please help do your part to make the Thanksgiving holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety tips:

• Make sure you are well rested if you plan to travel.  A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.
• Avoid tailgating; remember the two-second rule.
• Make sure everyone is buckled up.
• Avoid using your cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is dangerous driving.
•Don’t drink and drive.
• MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway service vehicles.

Increased enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday period is an annual statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.