With more people traveling this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reminds drivers that it is even more important to stay safe.
Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Rick Miller said that people need to remember to slow down, pay attention, drive sober, and wear a seatbelt.
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 also will be out on the road throughout the weekend.
The 102-hour holiday reporting period for motor vehicle traffic crashes begins at 6:00 p.m. today and ends at midnight, Sunday, November 28th. Last year in South Dakota during the same reporting period, there were 198 crashes resulting in 27 injuries and no fatalities.
While the weather should be good for travel, drivers are encouraged to check road conditions by calling 511 or looking online at sd511.org.