NEW JERSEY – If you are planning to travel during the holiday, state police encourage drivers to take the time to prepare for unexpected emergencies associated with holiday traffic by following a few safety tips that will come in handy if you find yourself in a jam.
Before you head out, consider the following:
- Fill up your gas tank
- Check fluids (including windshield washer fluid and antifreeze)
- Check tire pressure
- Bring a mobile phone charger
- Carry a flashlight with new batteries
- Bring bottles of water and nonperishable snacks
- Do not drive drowsy. Symptoms of driving tired are similar to those of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Use service areas to rest, stretch your legs, or grab a cup a coffee
- Let someone know your travel plans
- Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly
The easiest tip to follow to ensure not only your safety, but the safety of fellow motorists and pedestrians this holiday is to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
During the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were six fatal crashes that resulted in six deaths on New Jersey roadways. Drug and/or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in three of the crashes. These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by making responsible decisions and staying at home if you plan to drink alcohol, state police said.
The New Jersey State Police will have 96 additional troopers statewide during the holiday period in addition to normal patrols. Troopers will focus their efforts on speeding, aggressive driving, seatbelt usage, cell phone violations, distracted driving, and DWI, state police said.
“Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company. Don’t turn a celebration into a tragedy by drinking and driving or allowing someone to get behind the wheel after drinking,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan said. “We want everyone to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones and to remember to make responsible decisions. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and please don’t drink and drive.”
The 2021 Thanksgiving holiday period began on Wednesday, November 24, at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, November 29, at 6:00 a.m.