the staff of the Ridgewood blog
West Trenton, N.J. – Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the heaviest travel period of the year, beginning with millions of Americans hitting the road tomorrow. We want everyone traveling New Jersey’s busy roadways this holiday weekend to get to their destinations safely. To help motorists have an enjoyable and safe holiday, the New Jersey State Police offer the following safety tips:
· 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
· Don’t 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
· Plan to leave yourself more time to get where you are going
During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were six fatal crashes that resulted in seven deaths on New Jersey roadways. Drug or alcohol impairment was found to be a contributing factor in five of the six crashes. These types of tragedies can be easily avoided by having a designated driver, using a taxi or transportation application such as Uber or Lyft, or making plans to stay with friends or family.
The New Jersey State Police will have more than 140 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.
“The fact that nearly all of last year’s fatal crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period had alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor is unacceptable, because these tragedies could have been easily prevented by drivers making the decision to not get behind the wheel,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “We will have additional troopers on patrol to keep our roads safe, but we cannot do it alone. On behalf of the New Jersey State Police I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”
The 2018 Thanksgiving holiday period begins on Wednesday, November 21, at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, November 26, at 6:00 a.m.