Extra Patrols on Road for Thanksgiving Weekend

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Here's something Michigan State Police hope will stick.

"Good Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Bad Thanksgiving. Mashed face on dashboard," says part of their new public service announcement, played today at a news conference.

It's part of the MSP's new traffic safety campaign. The idea is pithy slogans like "Live to Eat the Leftovers" paired with extra patrols will keep us all safer on the roads.

"The official Thanksgiving enforcement period begins this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will run through Sunday at midnight. During that time we will have additional troopers on patrol," said Col. Eddie L. Washington, Jr., director of the MSP.

If someone you care about is going to be on the road this holiday, you can send them a friendly reminder to be careful. Just go to www.givethanksdrivesafely.com, choose your card, and send.

"They forget with all the things going on, I think they kind of forget what's important and that safety is a big thing," said Barbara Burgess, a local resident.

And ignoring it has big consequences. Last Thanksgiving holiday there were 10 crashes and 11 fatalities in Michigan.

And this year the roads will be even busier. The AAA predicts an 11 percent increase in the number of travelers, and says almost all of them will go by car.

Michigan State Police say they want zero fatalities this year.

That sounds good to Heather Jones. She's a nurse at Ingham.

"We see a lot of accidents and victims from accidents," she said.

AAA says everyone should slow down, eliminate distractions, buckle up, and of course,, avoid drinking and driving.

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