YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It has already been a deadly start to the extended Thanksgiving holiday, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe if they have to go out over the weekend.
Sergeant Brad Bucey is one of many officers out this holiday weekend, extra patrols are manning the streets and highways across the state.
Thanksgiving week, going into the weekend, is usually the deadliest time on the roadways all year long. On Thanksgiving Day there were two separate accidents that claimed the lives of three people in Youngstown.
“When you hear about these kinds of things it kind of affects us and brings us down, too,” Bucey said. “We take that personally, you know. We are out there trying to prevent fatal traffic accidents or any traffic crash.”
Officers say if you do have to drive this weekend, make sure you are prepared for any type of road conditions. They also caution against distracted driving and texting and driving and want everyone to driver sober.
“Make sure if you going to partake in some holiday cheer make sure you have a designated driver,” Bucey said.
The busiest travel days over the holiday are the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.