Troopers increase I-40 patrol Wednesday for Thanksgiving travel

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Starting Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol is expected to step up its presence for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

If you're heading out the door to get on the road this Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to know when is the most risky time to drive in Florida. Thanksgiving is traditionally the most traveled holiday.

People are urged to wear seat belts, avoid drinking or driving under the influence of drugs and avoid driving distractions inside vehicles.

-Use public transportation, a taxi, ride sharing service, or your community's sober ride program to get home safely.

Five people were killed in crashes a year ago on Oklahoma highways.

Turnipseed says the heavier traffic is why troopers put a more intense focus on the holiday enforcement period.

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State police will have increased enforcement from tomorrow (Wednesday) through Sunday.

Almost 20 lives were lost on New Jersey's roads during Thanksgiving weekend over the last two years alone. Do not forget to buckle up - seat belts can save lives.

"When there are more cars on the road, people can get frustrated", said Priessman.

As part of the challenge, troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11 a.m.to 11 p.m. starting Wednesday through Sunday. Operation C.A.R.E.is a state-sponsored, national program created to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts. Troopers want to reduce that number to zero this year.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has this advice for travelers.

The Collinsville Police Department urges you to support local and state law enforcement in their efforts to stop risky driving behaviors and join the Illinois Department of Transportation's mission of Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality.

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