– In 2011, there were 476 alcohol-related collisions in Indiana during the month of November, resulting in five fatalities. There were also 415 collisions that reported non-restraint use which resulted in 12 fatalities.
The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on Indiana roadways this Thanksgiving, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office today launched a statewide blitz, known as Safe Family Travel.
Safe Family Travel is an annual enforcement effort that combines high-visibility seatbelt and impaired driving patrols. Conducted by more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal highway safety funding from Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the effort will run through December 2.
During this 16-day blitz, Indiana law enforcement officers will work thousands of overtime hours - day and night, to ensure that motorists are driving responsibly and traveling safely on the state’s roadways.
“During this Thanksgiving holiday, many more people are on the road traveling to visit friends and family. So whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up, and if you plan to consume alcohol, designated a sober driver,” said Sheriff Dan McClain.