AAA East Central is projecting a busy Memorial Day and summer travel season, but unfortunately, that can lead to a spike in the amount of fatal and non-fatal accidents on the road.
This year, AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will be driving 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend, the highest travel volume in over a decade. With those expected numbers and a strong summer travel season ahead, AAA wants to ensure the safety and security of every motorist.
AAA East Central is combining efforts with the Pennsylvania State Police, the West Virginia State Police, the Ohio Highway Patrol, other law enforcement officials, and PennDOT to reduce crashes and injuries during Memorial Day and throughout the summer through the Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) campaign.
The campaign will be marked with an increased effort by law enforcement to combat speeding, aggressive driving, seat belt enforcement, and driving under the influence. Officers will step up distracted driving enforcement details, as well as DUI checkpoints. Police cruisers, DUI Command Vehicles, motorcycles, K-9 units, and helicopters are among the life-saving equipment that will be out in full force during the Memorial Day weekend.
“AAA is staying proactive with the expected volume on the roadways and families heading out for a much deserved break,” says AAA East Central Safety Adviser JJ Miller. “This program is a strong reminder for everyone to be mindful when sharing the road.”
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