(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – AAA predicts more than 39 million people will be driving 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up more than half-a-percent from last year.
There will be plenty of police out there, too.
Indiana State Police and about 250 other agencies across Indiana will increase patrols starting Friday, November 16 to help cut down on accidents. The campaign focusing on impaired drivers and seatbelt enforcement will run through December 2.
One of the local efforts includes a sobriety checkpoint in Dearborn County from midnight to 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 22. Troopers say drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present. Drivers will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.
State police say alcohol-impaired driving in Indiana was linked to 140 deaths last year, an increase over a year earlier.