To make the Thanksgiving holiday travel period safer, the Indiana State
Police is partnering with 250 other law enforcement agencies statewide in
the annual Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign. The campaign
began Nov. 8 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 1.
The ISP will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts including
sobriety check points and saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers
and unrestrained motorists.
The ISP will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident
Reduction Effort) from today through Sunday. Operation C.A.R.E. is a
federally funded program and will allow additional troopers to patrol
Hoosier roadways during this upcoming holiday weekend.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, in 2012
alcohol-impaired driving in Indiana was linked to 158 fatalities (a
12.9-percent increase from 140 fatalities in 2011) and more than 2,112
injuries. Alcohol-impaired collisions were less than 3 percent of all
Indiana crashes but accounted for 20.3-percent of Indianaís 779 traffic
fatalities in 2012.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that
safety belt use is the most effective strategy to prevent death and minimize
injury resulting from traffic collisions.
Please help do your part to make Thanksgiving travel safe by observing the
following safety rules:
* When planning to travel, make sure you are well rested, as a fatigued
driver is a dangerous driver.
* Increase your following distance; remember the two-second rule.
* Decrease your speed according to traffic and road conditions.
* Beware of bridges, overpasses, and intersections where ice tends to form
first in cold inclement weather.
* Donít use cruise control on slick roads.
* Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
* Donít drive distracted. Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.
* Donít drive impaired. Have a designated driver.
* Move over and slow down for emergency and highway service vehicles.
For information on Indiana crash statistics please visit the Indiana
Criminal Justice Instituteís web site at