Police plan extra patrols for Thanksgiving holiday


The Seymour Police Department recently announced plans for increased patrols for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period — running today through Dec. 4.

Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to drive sober and buckle up for safety, according to a news release.

“With Thanksgiving being a major travel time each year, it’s important we stay vigilant in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe for drivers and their passengers,” Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said. “That’s why it’s so important for those behind the wheel and riders alike to buckle up and drive sober. It’s also important to watch out for your fellow travelers, and if you see something unsafe on the roads, don’t hesitate to call 911 and report it.”

Increased enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday period is an annual statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to Seymour Police Department from the traffic safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Seven Seymour officers will work overtime to conduct seat belt/sobriety patrols around the clock.

According to the institute, in November 2015, there were 533 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 220 injuries and seven fatalities. Additionally, in the same month, crash reports indicate 285 accidents involved a driver or a passenger unrestrained, resulting in 302 injuries and 16 fatalities.

Further, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8 and 15. For families with young children, it’s important to have a properly installed child safety seat or booster seat for each child.

Parents may visit childseat.in.gov for a list of locations and a toll-free phone number to speak with experts about the proper installation of child safety seats.

To learn more about the Seymour Police Department, visit seymourpd.com or Seymour Police Department on Facebook.

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