Troopers Encourage Motorists to Drive Responsibly during the Thanksgiving Holiday


The Thanksgiving holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year, but due to the pandemic, we are anticipating fewer vehicles on our highways this holiday period. Although traffic may be lighter over the next several days, Indiana State Police still want to remind every motorist planning to travel to please drive responsibly and ensure every passenger is buckled up properly.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, more than 1,900 crashes occurred on Indiana roadways between Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, which resulted in 327 injuries and 5 fatalities. The Indiana State Police needs everyone to do their part to help reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities over this holiday period. Please drive responsibly!

Troopers are encouraging all motorists to be responsible and to obey these simple tips:

  • Ensure you are well rested, especially if you have plans to travel a long distance. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver and often mimics the driving behavior of an impaired driver.
  • Avoid driving distracted. Please don’t use your cellphone while driving.
  • Avoid “hanging out” in the left lane.
  • Always follow other motorists at a safe distance.
  • Obey all speed limits and use your turn signals.
  • Ensure everyone is buckled up.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • If you have plans to consume alcohol, please ensure you have a plan to get you and your family home safely.


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