Today kicks off one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, as people across the nation hit the roads and/or skies to make it to their Thanksgiving Day celebrations. If you will be among the more than 39 million Americans driving to a Thanksgiving destination this year, officials at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are now asking you to remember “to buckle up and drive sober.”
In fact, authorities have warned drivers that they will be running heightened DUI and seatbelt enforcement campaigns through this weekend with the dual goals of:
- Encouraging all motorists to comply with traffic laws and make responsible decisions when behind the wheel
- Getting impaired motorists off of the road so they don’t compromise others’ safety.
Commenting on these efforts, IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety Director, Jared Thornley, has stated:
Thanksgiving should be a time to appreciate family and togetherness, yet far too many preventable injuries and fatalities continue to occur…Please do your part as we enter into the holiday season by wearing your seat belt and making accommodations to get home safely if you do plan to be out celebrating.
ISP Colonel Tad Williams expressed similar concerns, explaining that:
Public safety is our number one goal during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend…ISP troopers will be patrolling Illinois roadways watching for Fatal-4 violations: DUI, Speeding, Seat Belts and Distracted Driving. Drive sober, or get pulled over. Reduce speed, buckle up and remember a text can wait.
Ilinois Traffic Accident Rates over Thanksgiving Weekend in 2014
In urging motorists to drive sober and buckle up when traveling over the Thanksgiving Day weekend this year, IDOT officials noted some interesting facts about the incidence of traffic accidents in the state, revealing that:
- One in every three people killed in a fatal traffic accident over Thanksgiving Day weekend last year was killed by a drunk driver.
- A total of 840 people were injured in car accidents over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014.
- To date in 2015, there has been a 5 percent increase in the incidence of deadly traffic accidents in Illinois.
- Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of car accident injuries (including fatal injuries) in the event of a crash by as much as 45 percent.
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