Trooper Mitch Mann is one of hundreds of North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers who will be stationed every 20 miles on the interstate this week as part of the I-40 Thanksgiving Challenge.
Whether you're on the road visiting family and friends or out shopping, please make sure your vehicle is in good condition before beginning your trip.
And while traffic may be busy along the I-95 corridor, as it has been historically at this time of year, the Virginia Department of Transportation is trying to make life a little easier. "Wearing a seat belt is essential every day of the year, but we do not want to have festivities ruined as a result of people not buckling up for their trip".
"We want people to recognize this is lives lost", said Harris Blackwood, Ex. Director, Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Drivers are least likely to get into an accident on Florida highways between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. A Camden County Sheriff's Deputy's vehicle is a prime example, right before a chase, the deputy buckled up his seat belt at the last minute and it saved his life. During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period, law enforcement agencies statewide worked more than 10,000 crashes. Last year, there were an estimated 48 million. Dianna Jackson is staying home on Thanksgiving, but she said she supports the extra enforcement "to keep down on the problems and stuff, and keep the cars from speeding and slowing down and keep it under control". Operation C.A.R.E.is a state-sponsored, national program created to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts.
Similarly, Metro has no scheduled track work on Thanksgiving Day, with trains and buses operating on a Sunday schedule. You can expect to see more police on the highways because ALEA got funding from a grant that will pay for overtime and other expenses. If you have to travel on Sunday, the safest time to travel is in the early morning hours before 6 a.m. or later on between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.