South Dakota Highway Patrol encourages safe holiday driving

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is reminding drivers that it is more important to stay safe on the road as more people are traveling this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As part of its holiday safety efforts, the Highway Patrol will conduct a statewide “Operation Safe” Wednesday in an effort to encourage those already traveling for the holiday to be careful. Troopers will also be out on the road throughout the weekend.

“Thanksgiving is a major travel holiday and that increases the chances of motor vehicle crashes,” said Col. Rick Miller, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “When driving, remember to stay focused; slow down, pay attention, drive sober, and wear a seat belt. You can think about the holiday and all that good food when you are not driving.”

The 102 hour reporting period for motor vehicle traffic crashes begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24 and ends at midnight on Sunday, November 28.

During the reporting period last year, there were 198 crashes resulting in 27 injuries and no fatalities.

Even though weather should be good for travel, the SDHP is encouraging drivers to road conditions. You can check road conditions by calling 511 or by going online.

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