Indiana State Police to add extra holiday patrols

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (November 13, 2015)  —   In an effort to make the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safer, the Indiana State Police have partnered with approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies statewide in participating in the annual Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign. The campaign will begin November 13th and will run through Sunday, December 6th.  The Indiana State Police will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.

To help ensure the safety of all motorists during this holiday period, the Indiana State Police will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program and will allow additional troopers to patrol Hoosier roadways during this upcoming holiday period.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belt use is the most effective strategy a person can employ to prevent death and minimize injury resulting from traffic collisions.

Drivers are encouraged to make the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period 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.
  • Watch for slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zones
  • Leave a car length between you and the vehicle in front of you in stopped traffic. Watch approaching traffic in your mirror and be prepared to take evasive action.
  • 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.
  • Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
  • DON’T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.
  • DON’T DRIVE IMPAIRED-Have a designated driver.
  • MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway service vehicles.

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