Holiday Travel: How to keep safe on roads this Thanksgiving


In the matter of just a few days roadways will be packed full of drivers on their holiday travels home. 

However, there are some things you need to be aware of if you’re hitting the roads this week.

7News sat down with Deputy Todd McDonald of the Ohio Highway State Patrol to learn every you need to know before you get behind the wheel. 

“There will be more overtime available for units. We’ll have extra troopers out. We’ll try to maintain the limited amount of time as we can from the post and stay out on the road and be highly visible,” said McDonald. 

According to police records, St. Police in St. Clairsville issued 185 tickets between November 22 and 26.

Deputy McDonald says they’d like to see these numbers decrease. So, they’re giving some tips to protect you AND your pockets.

He said slow down, especially when traveling through a work-zone. Allow more distance when driving through traffic or bad weather and certainly NEVER drive intoxicated.

“The cost of a twelve pack is it really worth your livelihood,” said McDonald.

While patrolling, police will also be looking to make sure that you’re wearing one of these. It’s seat belt safety month and have already issued about 235 citations all because of seat belt violations. They’re paying pretty close attention to detail too.

If you think that you can get away by wearing your seatbelt tucked behind your back, think again. They want to make sure it’s strapped behind your back and fully connected.

Police say keep a flash light, candles or trash bags in your car for emergencies. Drivers who are elderly should always let somebody where they’re going. And before you even think about pulling out that cell phone, the state recently passed a house bill that could increase fines if you’re caught texting while driving.

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