Iowa State Patrol will increase patrols over the Thanksgiving Weekend

The upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday will have many families traveling various distances to visit relatives. The Iowa State Patrol would like to remind all motorists the long, four day holiday weekend will increase traffic on all Iowaâ??s roadways. The increase in traffic can translate into more collisions and traffic delays.

Last year during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, nine individuals lost their lives on Iowa roadways. Six of these nine were not wearing their seatbelts. That is why the Iowa State Patrol is reminding all drivers and passengers to buckle up as they travel this holiday weekend. Officials say wearing your seatbelt can increase your chance of survival in a crash by 50 percent.

The Iowa State Patrol encourages all Iowans to remember as they travel this holiday weekend to buckle up, obey the speed limit, avoid distractions, and to get a designated driver if you are impaired. If all motorists abide by these rules, we can avoid fatal crashes on our roadways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The Iowa State Patrol hopes you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.