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STATEWIDE — The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Although traffic may be lighter this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indiana State Police want to remind travelers to drive responsibly and ensure everyone is buckled up.

In 2019, there were more than 1,900 crashes on Indiana roadways between Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, which resulted in 327 injuries and five fatalities.

State Troopers are encouraging you to follow these tips:

  • Ensure you are well-rested, especially if you have plans to travel a long distance. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver and often mimics the driving behavior of an impaired driver.
  • Avoid driving distracted. Please don’t use your cellphone while driving.
  • Avoid “hanging out” in the left lane.
  • Always follow other motorists at a safe distance.
  • Obey all speed limits and use your turn signals.
  • Ensure everyone is buckled up.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • If you have plans to consume alcohol, please ensure you have a plan to get you and your family home safely.