Thanksgiving Travel Tips From The Highway Patrol (2016-11-23 16:02:18)

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to focus on safety while traveling to their intended destinations. 

According to AAA, 43.5 million Americans are expected to take to the roads across the nation, an increase of 1.9 percent over last year.  As the number of vehicles increase on interstates and major thoroughfares, motorists are reminded to use caution while driving. 

“Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to enjoy one another,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “Our focus is to ensure safe travel while combating the potential of any loss of life.”

Drivers are encouraged to use the following tips when planning their trip:

  • Leave early, allowing more time for travel
  • Plan ahead for potential delays
  • Designate rest stops to prevent fatigue
  • Choose secondary routes due to potential detours

Driving Considerations:

  • Limit distractions
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Obey speed limits
  • Increase following distances
  • Designate a sober driver
  • Call a cab, friend, or family member if you have consumed to much of an alcoholic beverage; Do not drive

If a motor vehicle collision resulting in minor property damage occurs, motorists are requested to remove their vehicles from the roadway while waiting for officials to arrive. 

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting impaired and erratic drivers by simply dialing *HP or (*47) on a cellular phone. Callers should give the description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license plate number if at all possible.