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  For Immediate Release: November 23, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

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COLUMBUS – In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that properly wearing a safety belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Additionally, remember to follow all traffic laws and not drive impaired.

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 23 people were killed in 20 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 23 fatalities, 30 percent, were the result of an impaired driver.

As a result, troopers will be out in full force this weekend to remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.

AAA predicts more than 47 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday. The Patrol expects traffic to increase Wednesday afternoon and is urging motorists to contribute to highway safety by planning ahead for possible delays and making safety their first priority.

“Troopers do what they do so you and your family can enjoy a safe Thanksgiving. Encourage each other to buckle up, drive sober and obey traffic laws,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You can also help save lives by reporting unsafe and aggressive drivers to law enforcement.”

Troopers recommend that motorists contact the Patrol by calling #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers.

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