At the heart of the month of November, the Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year – making it potentially more dangerous on the state’s roadways.
In an effort to help save lives on Indiana roadways during this Thanksgiving holiday, ICJI and the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving announced their support today of a statewide blitz known as Safe Family Travel, which begins tomorrow, Nov. 16, continuing through Dec. 2.
During this 16-day blitz, more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal highway safety funding from ICJI, will work thousands of overtime hours, both day and night, to ensure that motorists are driving responsibly and traveling safely on the state’s roadways.
“During the Thanksgiving holiday, many more people are on the road traveling to visit friends and family. So whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up and if you plan to consume alcohol, designated a sober driver,” said Ryan Klitzsch, Traffic Safety division director for ICJI.
Child passengers are also an impacted group. In 2011, there were 5,191 children ages 0-15 involved in collisions in Indiana, resulting in 3,951 reported injuries and 38 fatalities.
“Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented if drivers comply with state traffic laws. That is why I want to caution all drivers – if you are caught not wearing your seatbelt, or you have child passengers who are not properly restrained, you will be stopped and you will receive a ticket. If you are caught driving impaired or intoxicated, officers will stop you and ultimately place you under arrest,” Klitzsch added.