ISP increasing patrols during Thanksgiving travel

Indiana State Police
Indiana State Police(WAVE News)
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 8:11 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2022 at 9:05 AM EST
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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WAVE) - There will be more Indiana State Police troopers on patrol during the holiday season.

This is part of the Safe Family Travel campaign to prevent crashes as more travelers are out on the roads. Grants for the enforcement are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

According to an ISP release, Safe Family Travel operations start before Thanksgiving each year and continue through New Year’s Day.

“We’re anticipating a very busy travel season this year, so for those sharing the road, remember to slow down, drive sober and buckle up,” ICJI Executive Director Devon McDonald said. “Most fatal crashes are avoidable, not inevitable. We want everyone to make it to the Thanksgiving table safely.”

Last year in Indiana, 932 people lost their lives on the road, which was a 4% increase from 2020. Of those traffic deaths, 12 of the fatalities were during the Thanksgiving holiday season and 7 of those fatalities were found unbuckled at the time of the crash. On average, approximately one-fourth of the state’s traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers, according to the release.

Travelers are encouraged by state police to plan ahead by knowing the road conditions, making sure no one is driving under the influence and wearing a seat belt.