During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday period, 15 people were killed in Indiana traffic crashes. More than 66 percent of those fatalities involved alcohol. Additionally, in more than two-thirds of the fatal collisions that occurred around Thanksgiving, the person killed was not wearing a seat belt.
“Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness when countless Hoosiers will take to the roadways to celebrate with family and friends,” said ICJI Executive Director, T. Neil Moore. “We urge motorists to celebrate the holiday responsibly by remembering to buckle up and designating a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol. A few seconds of planning ahead could save a life.”
More than 250 law enforcement agencies throughout the state, including the Indiana State Police, are currently conducting the Safe Family Travel enforcement blitz. The effort, which combines high visibility seat belt and impaired driving patrols runs through Sunday, November 29.
Although more people are using seat belts than ever before nationwide, far too many people still aren’t buckling up and consequently, are paying the ultimate price.
Studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have consistently shown that wearing a seat belt increases one’s chances of surviving a crash by more than 50 percent.