State troopers encourage safe driving during Thanksgiving holiday

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The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of travel this holiday weekend, so troopers have been spread out along Interstate 40. Holiday travel is now well under way with just hours to go before Thanksgiving is here. "Over 55 percent of them either were not wearing a seat belt or we can't determine if they were wearing a seat belt and it's the thing that can save your life, it is your primary restraint system". "It's $25, but what we're concerned about is you getting to where you're going alive and safe", Collins said. In addition, statistics show that 79 percent of people ejected in a crash die; 30 percent of unbelted motorists are ejected during a crash.

The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period begins Wednesday at 12 a.m. and ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

There will be more traffic on the roads for Thanksgiving as well.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, recently announced Troop D officers will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

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According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, during last year's Thanksgiving holiday period five people were killed in crashes in Oklahoma. Jake Angle with Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11 a.m.to 11 p.m. throughout the challenge.

"Distracted driving is one of the most significant problems we see on our highways now", said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith.

With millions of families traveling for the holidays, Georgia State Patrol is enforcing "click it or ticket", a campaign to ensure every driver and passenger buckle up. The tips include planning ahead, limiting distractions, wearing seatbelts, obeying speed limits, finding a safe way home after drinking alcohol and checking for traffic updates.

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