JERSEY SHORE – The New Jersey State Police said that since there are going to be a lot more people on the road visiting relatives, there will also be more officers on the road to respond to emergencies.
There will be 96 additional troopers statewide during the holiday period in addition to normal patrols. Troopers will focus their efforts on speeding, aggressive driving, seatbelt usage, cell phone violations, distracted driving, and DWI.
“Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company. Don’t turn a celebration into a tragedy by drinking and driving or allowing someone to get behind the wheel after drinking,” said Col. Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “We want everyone to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones and to remember to make responsible decisions. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and please don’t drink and drive.”
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, there were crashes that resulted in six deaths on New Jersey roadways, police said. Drug and/or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in three of the crashes. These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by making responsible decisions and staying at home if you plan to drink alcohol.
Police also shared a list of safety tips if you’re driving for the holiday:
- Fill up your gas tank
- Check fluids (including windshield washer fluid and antifreeze)
- Check tire pressure
- Bring a mobile phone charger
- Carry a flashlight with new batteries
- Bring bottles of water and nonperishable snacks
- Do not drive drowsy. Symptoms of driving tired are similar to those of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Use service areas to rest, stretch your legs, or grab a cup a coffee
- Let someone know your travel plans
- Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly