Indiana State Police Increasing Patrols for Thanksgiving

In 2020, eight people died during road-way crashes around the Thanksgiving holiday in Indiana. Police are hoping to stop that trend this year.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 8:28 PM

The Indiana State Police hope there are no fatalities on the road this Thanksgiving.

Most years, there are at least a few.

In 2020 -- there was eight.

"Last year was fairly quiet. Covid-19 was still very active and a lot of people stayed home. But we still had over 2,300 crashes state wide during that five day period," said Sgt. Todd Ringle, public information officer for Indiana State Police. "And unfortunately, 450 people were injured and we had eight fatalities."

Troopers say these deaths are preventable.

"Keep in mind that speeding and distracted driving causes the vast majority of crashes during the holiday season," Sgt. Ringle said. "And that's why we stress to people, 'slow down.'"

If you have a long trip to grandma's house, make sure you are well rested before you hit the highway.

"A lot of people are going to be traveling well over 100 miles," Sgt. Ringle said. "Something we're always concerned about is fatigued driving. Those drivers that are driving while they are tired are very dangerous. Get a good night sleep, get up early in the morning and start your journey."

Another hazard to watch out for is deer.

"Deer are very active during this time of year," Sgt. Ringle said. "Last year during a five year period around Thanksgiving, we investigated 300 car/deer collisions."

And put down that cell-phone.

"Indiana is now a hands-free state, so you can no longer hold your phone," Sgt. Ringle said. "I've already stopped a number of drivers today who have been on their phone."

The most urgent warning from troopers -- don't drink and drive

"Hopefully we have no fatalities caused by impaired driving this holiday weekend," Sgt. Ringle said.

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