Safety a Priority for Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officials say through the Thanksgiving holiday, state troopers, sheriff's deputies and police officers will be vigilant on safety.
They will be on the lookout for drunk drivers and other unsafe behavior, like no seatbelts in use and texting while driving.

"We're just encouraging everybody to be safe out there on the highway and various cities that they will be visiting," said Stanley Wash of Newton Police Department. "We also want to make people aware that we will be out there over in the city of Newton making sure everybody will be safe."

"We want everybody to be safe," said Meridian Police Chief James Reed. "We know that people will be out celebrating Thanksgiving, as well as out shopping and doing other things. We want to make sure that you know that we will be working with our law enforcement partners."

"Meridian Police Department reminds everyone while they are traveling to and from going to their Thanksgiving festivities, that while they are answering or receiving a text message, try not to do it while driving," said Lt. Dean Harper. "When you look down to read that message or just to respond with a simple 'K', you might run off the road and somebody might pull out in front of you. It just takes a second for a festive moment to turn into tragedy."

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 5,500 people die every year as a result of distracted driving.