Thanksgiving driving tips

Thanksgiving driving tips

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 17, 1994–California Highway Patrol Commissioner Maury Hannigan is wishing the state’s drivers a safe and sober Thanksgiving holiday.

“Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for getting together with family and friends,” he noted, “and this weekend the CHP will show how much we C.A.R.E. by mounting an extra traffic safety effort to insure that a traffic mishap does not spoil your holiday.”

“C.A.R.E.,” explained Hannigan, “stands for Operation C.A.R.E. — `Combined Accident Reduction Effort’ — a 17 year old program created to help states mount extra safety activities on heavily traveled interstate highways during holiday periods. The first C.A.R.E. weekend each year has always been Memorial Day. Other C.A.R.E. holidays are the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.”

During C.A.R.E. holidays the CHP will have every available vehicle on the road. Officers in those vehicles will be on the lookout for motorists driving under the influence, drivers exceeding the speed limit and persons not wearing their safety belts.

“California’s C.A.R.E. highways include I-40, I-80, I-5 from Buttonwillow to the Oregon state line and I-15 from San Bernardino to the Nevada state line,” said Hannigan. “We’re going to stop every DUI driver we see as well as speeders and unbelted occupants. Lawbreakers will receive our special attention.

“Fortunately our efforts have resulted in a steady decline over the past five years in the number of fatalities,” he noted, “and we have also seen a corresponding decline in the number of injuries that occur during this holiday.

“But that’s a small consolation to the families and friends of the 18 fatalities from last Thanksgiving holiday,” said Hannigan. “They’ll be sadly missed at gatherings this year.

“Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year there will be a lot of social activities involving alcohol,” said Hannigan. “It’s important to remember that a person’s driving abilities are probably impaired after only a couple of drinks — and this impairment can cost the life of an innocent person. Many of the collisions reported by CHP officers could have been avoided completely if one of the drivers had reacted just one second faster.”

Hannigan provided the following suggestions for Thanksgiving holiday drivers:

— Always buckle up – even before putting the key in the ignition.

— Check your road conditions and allow extra time when travelling long distances.

— Get plenty of rest before travelling and plan periodic rest stops if travelling long distances.

— If possible, leave a day early and return a day late to avoid holiday traffic.

— Be prepared for adverse weather conditions such as snow, rain, fog and high winds.

CONTACT: California Highway Patrol, Sacramento

Greg Manuel, 916/657-7202, 800/735-2929 (TT/TDD)

or 800/735-2922 (Voice)

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