Police plan crackdown on drivers through holiday weekend

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Nov 27, 2013 12:02 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Today is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

But, it's also the start of the Thanksgiving weekend, when the most accidents occur of any holiday, so police plan to crack down on drivers to keep the roads safe.

State police data shows more than 4,300 crashes occurred in Pennsylvania during last year's long Thanksgiving weekend, more than double the Christmas and New Year's week.

Some roads could also be slick tonight, which adds to the concern from police.

Spokesman, Trooper Adam Reed, says law enforcement will be watching for aggressive driving that often lead to accidents.

"We'll be taking  a zero-tolerance approach towards traffic violations, such as speeding, tailgating, and other dangerous violations that could cause crashes. In addition to the speeding violations, we'll be looking out for seat belt usage."

The enforcement is a partnership between State Police, midstate police departments, and PENNDOT.

Reed says today is an especially high day for accidents, because there's heavy traffic during the day and drunk drivers at night.

"Thanksgiving is just such a heavy period of people out on the roads. And you combine that with being with family and friends that you might have not seen in a while, and you're going to go out and have a couple drinks and party, and that just leads to crashes."

Triple-A expects an increase in the number of travelers this weekend as compared to last year's holiday.

Trooper Reed appeared on Smart Talk this morning, where he also took questions on traffic laws in the state. To hear the full interview, click here

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