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Safety, reason for giving thanks

Holidays are a time for family gatherings, home-cooked meals and relaxation, but that’s not all.

Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage reminds residents of Pike County that holidays are also a time for increased traffic and thus a need for increased safety precautions.

“There will be an increase of traffic in Troy, especially on U.S. Highway 231, as well as other state and U.S. highways that run through Troy,” Everage said.

“This is a time we should be extremely safety-minded and focused on travel safety issues during times when we are away from home visiting relatives.”

Everage said traffic will also be heavier throughout the city streets, as residents travel nearby and people travel to Troy to visit their relatives.

As traffic increases, so also does the chance of traffic accidents.

The Troy Police Department offers several tips to keep in mind during the Thanksgiving season.

First, those traveling should make sure their vehicles are serviced before beginning their journey.

They should also be prepared for road emergencies, allowing more time for travel and bringing some safety equipment along: a flashlight, first-aid kit, flares and jumper cables, are a few.

If residents have a cell phone, they should make sure it has a full charge before traveling.

In case a vehicle does break down, Everage said one should try to make sure to pull the car out of the flow of traffic.

Those traveling during late night or early morning hours should also be cautious of those who may be driving impaired.

“We will be on the lookout for those who choose to drink and drive as well as those who drive at a high rate of speed,” Everage said.

“The combination of driving, alcohol and speed is a dangerous combination and can be fatal.

“Plan your route well in advance, be sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belts, slow down regardless of the posted speed limit, make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition and is ready for travel. Get plenty of rest before you start your trip, stopping frequently, keep your focus on the road and not on the cell phone.”