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Stay safe when traveling for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, Pennsylvania’s roads will be seeing a lot of traffic over the next few days. It is estimated that the Pennsylvania Turnpike, all on its own, will have around 3.7 million cars and trucks travel on it in the time around the Thanksgiving holiday. It is important for all drivers who will be traveling in connection to the Thanksgiving to act responsibly out on the roads.

Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving travel period can see a fair number of traffic accidents. Last year, there were a little over 2,900 accidents over this period here in Pennsylvania, according to state data.

traffic crash can quickly turn the holidays from a time of celebration to a time of worry and difficulties. Injuries resulting from such accidents can have long-lasting impacts. Fair compensation can help with addressing such impacts. Accidents victims can reach out for legal help and guidance when it comes to the pursuit of such monetary relief.

Sadly, Thanksgiving crashes sometimes have tragic results. Last year, 21 people lost their lives out on the state’s roads over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

What can drivers do to help keep things safe out on the roads and protect themselves and their family when traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday? Steps include to:

  • Buckle up
  • Drive sober
  • Stay distraction-free behind the wheel
  • Make sure younger passengers are in an age/size-appropriate, and properly installed, child safety seat
  • Slow down and stay away from speeding

A nationwide law enforcement effort started this week aimed at helping promote safe driving over the holidays. This is the Click It or Ticket “Operation Safe Holiday” campaign. Among the things this campaign will involve is zero-tolerance traffic law enforcement efforts.

We hope for a safe Thanksgiving holiday for all travelers out on Pennsylvania’s roads.