Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the Thanksgiving travel season isn’t over yet. Drivers across the country will need to be extra cautious since state police are in the midst of a highway safety enforcement push that will last through the 27th. Some states are taking the enforcement a little more seriously after some particularly bad numbers of holiday accidents last year.
Last year Pennsylvania alone had 4,235 crashes and 49 fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, this year they’re starting “Operation Safe Holiday”: an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement. Similarly, the California State Patrol has issued a warning that this long weekend is being considered a “Maximum Enforcement Weekend.” Georgia is going so far as to set up road blocks with no advance warning.
Something else to remember about this season is that it’s not only the law enforcement to look out for. The nation’s roadways get incredibly congested as an estimated 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a huge increase in the number of 4 wheelers that will be dodging and weaving around the road. So as always, keep your head on a swivel and drive safe.
Hopefully your bellies are full and you have much to be thankful for this year, but unfortunately, some families are not so fortunate. If you’d like to make a donation to help those families that are going hungry across our nation, feel free to visit www.feedingamerica.org to make a donation or to find the location of the nearest food pantry.
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