Safe driving tips for the Thanksgiving weekend
An estimated 1.5 million Michiganders will travel during the 102-hour Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend and the Michigan Sheriffs' Association would like all of them to arrive at their destinations safely.
The combination of long distance travel and a relatively short time period can turn deadly. Thirteen people were killed and 631 were injured in car crashes during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday. In order to avoid becoming a statistic, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association advises you to get plenty of rest before driving, avoid alcohol and wear your seat belts.
Crashes spike on Wednesday and Sunday evening - the two heaviest travel times. Postponing your departure until Thursday morning decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash with a deer or drowsy or drunk driver by almost 50%.
The holiday coincides with the firearm deer season, which means hunters will add to the numbers on the road during the high travel holiday. A large deer herd, combined with large numbers of cars on the road, creates a high probability for car/deer collisions as well.
From all employees of the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.