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"People are definitely gonna see more officers out on the roadway" Indiana State Police ramp up patrol efforts through Thanksgiving weekend

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INDIANA (WTHI) - If you are thinking about traveling for Thanksgiving, you are probably hitting the road within the next day or two.

As you head out, you will likely notice an increased police presence.

Indiana State Police are ramping up their patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Indiana State Police increase patrols

If you are hitting the road here in the next couple of days, be sure to buckle up, follow the speed limit and do not drink and drive.

Otherwise, you may see police lights in your rearview mirror.

Matt Ames of Indiana State Police says his crew and over 100 other police forces will be on high alert.

From Wednesday to Sunday at midnight, whether you are on Interstate-70, US-41 or just travellng down a city street, you can expect to see more officers out.

"People are definitely gonna see more officers out on the roadway," said Ames.

They say you getting from point a to point b is their priority.

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"What we're trying to do is provide a safe driving avenue for everyone to get to their destinations and visit with their family, and that way, they can get home safely," said Ames.

Last year during the Thanksgiving traveling period, there were eight people killed in car crashes in Indiana.

Ames says state police are working hard to get that number down to zero.

"We try to keep the number to a minimum, but of course, we need the motorists' assistance to help us out," said Ames.

Sergeant Ames says there is more to it than just helping officers do their job.

Many are taking time out of their family Thanksgiving, and he says your respect goes a long way.

"Our officers will be out here working on Thanksgiving from Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday when typically, everyone is off for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, doing their shopping and that kind of stuff, and we realize when we raise our right hand and we're here to become a police officer, that 'hey, guess what? We're not getting every holiday off.'"

State police say they want you to have a Happy Thanksgiving and that all starts behind the wheel.

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