More people are expected to be on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said extra patrols are out looking for impaired driving and traffic violations.
“I hope with the increased patrols comes with a little bit of voluntary compliance. That’s those people who see us out there working and determine, ‘Hey I don’t want to get a ticket today, I don’t want to go to jail for driving recklessly, so I’m going to obey the traffic laws,’ and that’s our goal,” Perrine said.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 2,352 crashes in Indiana, resulting in 450 injuries and eight fatalities.
Of the number of people killed in crashes so far this year, more than 40 percent were not wearing seat belts.
In Indiana and nationwide, reckless driving incidents remain higher than during pre-pandemic times.
Statistics show 683 people have been killed in crashes statewide.