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Buckle Up: Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Department of Transportation

Travelers will hear and see numerous transportation safety messages during the holidays. The primary theme is simple: Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.

The Kansas Drive To Zero Traffic Deaths Coalition (DTZ) reminds motorists that heavy traffic over the extended Thanksgiving weekend makes this one of the busiest travel times of the year. Nine people died and 19 more sustained serious injuries on Kansas roads during the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday period according to Kansas Department of Transportation stats.

"Most traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries can be prevented," said Transportation Secretary Calvin Reed. "Properly wearing a seat belt greatly reduces the risk of a fatality. It's the first step to make sure you and your loved ones arrive safely during the busy holiday season."

Secretary Reed and the DTZ Coalition ask travelers to follow a basic recipe for safety: Buckle up. Every trip. Every time. Make sure everyone is properly belted and/or securely restrained in a child safety seat. Ditch all distractions while driving.

"Law enforcement agencies also want you to travel from home to table safely," said KDOT Behavioral Safety Manager Gary Herman. "Officers will have an increased presence over the holiday period, checking for seat belt use, speeders and suspicion of impaired driving."

Check the website or use the KanDrive app before traveling. KanDrive provides real-time information on Kansas roadway maintenance and construction activities, winter highway conditions, incidents and crashes affecting traffic.

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(Information courtesy KDOT.)