2017 News Release

November 22, 2017

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State Police Dish Out a Hefty Serving of Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

West Trenton, N.J. - Millions of Americans will hit the road today and battle the holiday traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year.  At the end of the journey awaits a freshly carved turkey and all of the fixings, but you have to get there first.  A few preparations and a little bit of planning could be all the difference between a hot plate of turkey or a cold sandwich.  Motorists can increase travel safety by following these tips:

  • Fill up your gas tank
  • Check fluids (including windshield washer fluid and antifreeze)
  • Check tire pressure
  • Bring a mobile phone charger
  • Carry a flashlight with new batteries
  • Bring bottles of water and nonperishable snacks
  • Don’t drive drowsy.  Symptoms of driving tired are similar to those of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Use service areas to rest, stretch your legs, or grab a cup a coffee
  • Let someone know your travel plans
  • Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly
  • Plan to leave yourself more time to get where you are going

During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were six fatal crashes that resulted in seven deaths on New Jersey roadways.  Drug or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in two of the crashes.  These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by having a designated driver, using a taxi or transportation application such as Uber or Lyft, or making plans to stay with friends or family.

The New Jersey State Police will have more than 130 additional troopers statewide during the holiday period in addition to normal patrols.  Troopers will focus their efforts on speeding, aggressive driving, seatbelt usage, cell phone violations, distracted driving, and DWI.

“We are doing our part by having extra troopers on patrol to help keep our roads safe, but we cannot do it alone,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Getting behind the wheel while impaired is like playing Russian roulette with not only your life, but the lives of your passengers and innocent motorists.  So please don’t drink and drive and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”

The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday period begins on Wednesday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, November 27 at 6:00 a.m.

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