Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving (Safety PSA)

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Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with family and friends, so it’s no surprise that millions of people will be on the roadways traveling for a long, holiday weekend. Unfortunately, when more people are on the roads, there’s an increased chance of getting into a crash. 

During the Thanksgiving holiday, take careful note of your surroundings. People may also be out and about at odd hours, late at night or early in the morning due to the Black Friday shopping holiday. 

What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?

If your father could see you now, he'd turn over in his gravy!

One of the easiest ways that you can protect yourself as a driver is to use the safety features in your car. The most important life-saving device that you can use is your seat belt. NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved the lives of 14,995 passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older in 2017. Can you imagine? If everyone had worn their seat belts for every trip, an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved that year!

Buckle Up! Click it or Ticket Campaign across the country for Thanksgiving weekend.

Remember to always buckle up. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, 57% of passengers killed in crashes at night were unbuckled compared to 40% during the day.  

 

In an effort to improve public safety, officers will be on the roadways this holiday, watching and keeping everyone safe so they can enjoy precious time spent with loved ones.

Say "NO" to Buzzed Driving... it's just not worth it.

With the long weekend, a popular trend has popped up known as “Blackout Wednesday” which is just as dangerous as you might expect. This trend encourages the heavy use of alcohol and drugs throughout the holiday weekend, particularly towards the beginning of the holiday. It has led to a spike in impaired-driving-related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday season. 

 

Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving, and if you use drugs or alcohol, you’re impaired as a driver. 

Why was the turkey put in jail?

The police suspected fowl play!

Drunk driving has a lot of life-changing implications that you really don’t want to have to deal with. On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, and more. You can lose your job, you can go to jail, you can be in a crash that injures or kills you or someone else. If you plan to drink, make sure you have a plan for a safe way home.  

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