ELKHART — The Wednesday before Thanksgiving — a day that over the years has anecdotally gained the reputation as one of the busiest nights for bars— is a night police keep under watch not just because of the bar activity, but because it’s a time for heavy traffic.
Trent Smith, public information officer with the Indiana State Police, said officers from Indiana State Police and local agencies are already participating in the annual Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over Campaign.
The campaign started Nov. 8 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 1. According to a press release from the state police, 250 other law enforcement agencies are participating in the campaign.
Officers have been conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, looking for impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists.
State police officers are also participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which means additional troopers will patrol Indiana roadways Wednesday through Saturday.
The state shared some tips for drivers to stay safe during their holiday travel.
When planning to travel, make sure you are well rested, as a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.
Increase your following distance; remember the two-second rule.
Decrease your speed according to traffic and road conditions.
Beware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first in cold, inclement weather.
Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.
Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
Don’t be distracted. Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.
Don’t drive impaired. Have a designated driver.
Move over and slow down for emergency and highway service vehicles.