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Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the Thanksgiving travel season isn’t over yet. Drivers across the country will need to be extra cautious since state police are in the midst of a highway safety enforcement push that will last through the 27th. Some states are taking the enforcement a little more seriously after some particularly bad numbers of holiday accidents last year.
Last year Pennsylvania alone had 4,235 crashes and 49 fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period. In an attempt to bring those numbers down, this year they’re starting “Operation Safe Holiday”: an initiative including seat-belt, aggressive-driving and impaired-driving enforcement. Similarly, the California State Patrol has issued a warning that this long weekend is being considered a “Maximum Enforcement Weekend.” Georgia is going so far as to set up road blocks with no advance warning.
Congress can’t do its job on the highway bill, so the public is going to have to take the lead, says a group of infrastructure experts including five former secretaries of transportation.
The federal highway program is now running on its ninth temporary extension because Congress will not compromise on how to pay for it, said the 60 experts brought together by the University Virginia’s Miller Center.
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