South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds people who are traveling this Thanksgiving holiday to do so in a safe manner.

The Highway Patrol will conduct a statewide “Operation Safe” today in an effort to encourage those already traveling to be careful. Col. Rick Miller, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, says troopers also will be out on the road throughout the weekend.

Miller reminds people to slow down, pay attention, drive sober, and wear a seat belt. 

This year’s Thanksgiving motor vehicle fatal crash reporting period covers 102 hours beginning at 6:00 p.m. today and ending at midnight Sunday, November 29th. Last year, South Dakota recorded 323 motor vehicle traffic crashes that resulted in one fatality and 62 injuries.

While the weather should be good for travel, drivers are recommended to check road conditions by calling 5-1-1 or checking the website