PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The national Thanksgiving Day holiday fatality reporting period this year starts tomorrow evening and continues through Sunday-and state officials are asking travelers to put safety first on the highway during that time and throughout the year. Governor Dennis Daugaard issued a statement yesterday asking South Dakotans to travel safely and to make the holiday one to remember, instead of one that will be filled with regret. The Superintendent of South Dakota’s Highway Patrol-Colonel Craig Price-says the next few days will be busy-and state troopers will be visible on roads across the state to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.
Price says motorists that watch their speed, don’t drink and drive-and wear their seatbelts are more likely to be safe on the state’s roads.
Last year, there were 225 highway crashes during the Thanksgiving Day reporting period. 15 of those crashes were related to alcohol. There were no fatalities, but 48 people were injured.
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