State police prepare for Thanksgiving travel period

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 20, 2012 3:53 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel period of the year. But, the state police are working to make sure it's a safe one, as well.

Troopers will be keeping an eye out for speeders, aggressive drivers and those driving under the influence.

State Police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed says tailgaters are included. "With busy highways like this, traffic has a tendency to stop. If you're following too closely and you can't stop in time, unfortunately, it's going to be your fault," he says. "We don't want to see anybody hurt, just because of the actions of aggressive drivers."

Enforcement efforts will also include the "Click it or Ticket" campaign, focusing on proper seatbelt and child safety seat usage.

Reed says the seatbelt law is not a secondary offense for all passengers and drivers. "Under the age of 18, it becomes a primary offense, which means that you can be pulled over and given a ticket," he says, "solely for not wearing your seatbelt."

State Police barracks across the commonwealth will also be conducting free child safety seat inspections. Click it or Ticket runs through December 2nd.

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