In conjunction with the National Click it or Ticket Seatbelt Usage Campaign, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies will be out in extra force during the Thanksgiving Holiday period to promote public safety by enforcing motor vehicle laws including, drunk/drugged driving, aggressive driving and occupant restraint (seatbelt) violations.
According to AAA, approximately 42.2 million people will travel more than fifty miles to visit family and friends this coming weekend, with many driving during nighttime hours. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office encourages all motorists and passengers to buckle up and secure all passengers in the proper occupant restraint devices before starting your journey. Please do not drive while drowsy and take extra time for breaks during long trips and if necessary, share driving responsibilities, authorities said. Likewise, many Thanksgiving celebrations include drinking alcohol. If you do drink, please use common sense by drinking responsibly and designating a sober driver in advance, continued authorities.
Before leaving home, motorists should verify that vehicle headlamps and signal lights are functional. You should also check tire pressure and all fluids - including gasoline ensuring they are at recommended levels. With most service centers closed on Thanksgiving Day, response for emergency repairs will be delayed. In as much, motorists are encouraged to take along a fully charged cellular telephone. Travelers should also review trip directions beforehand, including checking for construction delays at: http://www.chart.state.md.