We know truck drivers are careful when they’re on the roads, but this weekend we need to underline a warning: You will be under a watchful eye, so be vigilant.
State budgets are tight these days, and the favorite way for most states to fill up budget shortfalls are traffic citations. This will never be more true than this weekend, as the AAA states that around 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday “weekend” – running from Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25. This means that local and state law enforcement will be watching closely and won’t be as likely to forgive speed overages as they usually do.
As reported in Fleet Owner this week:
Several state departments of transportation are planning a multi-pronged highway safety enforcement blitz this week to coincide with the heavy roadway travel expected for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in conjunction with local police departments across the Keystone state are joining forces to conduct “Operation Safe Holiday” this week: an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement.
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said this operation is already under way, beginning with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement. Through the Christmas and New Year holidays, he said Pennsylvania police will also use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to crack down on motorists who are speeding, driving aggressively or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
“Every year we see an increase in travel during the holiday season, and unfortunately we also see more crashes,” Schoch noted. “If we all take the simple steps to buckle up, take our time and drive safe and sober, the holidays will be safer for everyone on Pennsylvania’s roadways.”