Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday
November 23, 2015 - 7:07 PM
COLUMBUS – In anticipation of increased traffic during the
Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding
drivers that properly wearing a safety belt is the single most
effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Additionally,
remember to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 23 people
were killed in 20 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 23
fatalities, 30 percent, were the result of an impaired driver.
As a result, troopers will be out in full force this weekend to remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.
AAA predicts more than 47 million Americans will travel at least 50
miles from home over the holiday. The Patrol expects traffic to increase
Wednesday afternoon and is urging motorists to contribute to highway
safety by planning ahead for possible delays and making safety their
“Troopers do what they do so you and your family can enjoy a safe
Thanksgiving. Encourage each other to buckle up, drive sober and obey
traffic laws,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You
can also help save lives by reporting unsafe and aggressive drivers to
Troopers recommend that motorists contact the Patrol by calling #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers.
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