Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Florida Troopers To Step Up Highway Prescence For Thanksgiving Holiday

Florida Troopers To Step Up Highway Prescence For Thanksgiving Holiday

Georgia highway safety leaders are asking motorists to buckle up before getting on the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and the Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving travel period.

Trooper Joe Hovis with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said, "We will be beefing up our troopers and looking for people who are texting and driving".

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The official Thanksgiving Holiday begins Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. and ends on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

During the period in 2016, MHP investigated 171 crashes with 2 fatalities and made 67 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems. Driving under the influence is unacceptable.

"What's important now is that your operate your automobile responsibly at a time where traffic is going to be incredible this weekend". A driver that operates a vehicle impaired puts the lives of others on the road in danger.

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In 2015, Florida tallied 9,906 crashes during the holiday period.

Alcohol impairment is not the only safety threat to drivers, said the NSC, they argue that distracted driving is rampant - even in parking lots, which will be jammed with Black Friday shoppers. Community Relations Officers will also be distributing safety materials and talking with motorists about safe holiday travel at rest areas and welcome centers around the state on Wednesday. The goal of Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on the nation's roads by balancing high visibility enforcement with educational outreach.

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