Safety enforced on highways as Thanksgiving travel peaks

Safety enforced on highways as Thanksgiving travel peaks

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - AAA estimates there will be about 47 million people traveling this Thanksgiving and roughly 43 million of those will be driving. That's a bump up from last year's travel numbers, for the seventh year in a row.

The low gas prices are certainly contributing to that. Drivers are paying the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years, making it an easier decision to hit the road this holiday.

Because of the heavy volume, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will have all hands on deck, enforcing speed limits, seat belts, and especially tailgating and distracted driving.

"Troopers will be looking inside the vehicles, ensuring that people are doing what they are supposed to be behind the wheel, not focusing on things that are going on around them inside the vehicle, like extra bodies inside the vehicle, cell phones, not paying attention, following too closely. All those things can lead to a serious, tragic accident during the holiday weekend," said Lt. Carlos Smith, of the Elyria Post of the OSHP.

Drunk driving is also a big issue this weekend, particularly Wednesday night. So if you see someone either distracted or drunk on the road, you can dial #677 and a trooper from the nearest post will be sent out to try and locate, and stop that dangerous driver.

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