According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation the Thanksgiving week is the period with the most vehicle accidents in the entire year.

In 2011 Pennsylvania reported 4,235 crashes and 49 deaths during the Thanksgiving week, including the weekend before and after the holiday, down from 55 deaths in 2010. But during Christmas and New Year’s travel, officials reported 1,994 crashes and 19 deaths.

This year, to make sure that the number of vehicles accidents will be as low as possible, PennDOT and police officers have launched Operation Safe Holiday, which includes a campaign of seat belt enforcement, roving patrols until New Year’s Day and sobriety checkpoints. The heaviest travel is expected to be this weekend, with more than 2.6 million cars to travel on the toll road.

“With such high volumes of traffic, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road, be aware of roadway conditions and drive accordingly,” acting turnpike CEO Craig Shuey said.

Officials have cleared of construction all turnpike lanes on Tuesday at 3 pm and will stay like this until Monday at 6am. Drivers will receive information about any traffic issues through turnpike’s free smartphone app, TripTalk.


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