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November 24 - 28, 2021

Thanksgiving Weekend - "Buckle Up" and "Make It To The Table"

Plan ahead and practice safe driving behavior this Thanksgiving weekend.

The Royalton Police Department, neighboring Law Enforcement Agencies, and Vermont State Highway Safety are participating in the NHTSA - Thanks Giving Holiday with High Visibility Patrols and checkpoints.

As of this posting, there have been 63 :( fatalities in Vermont with the most recent occurring 11/20/2021 on I-89.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately, more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

  • During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2017, there were 365 passenger vehicle occupants killed in vehicle crashes across the nation;

  • Nighttime is deadlier than daytime in terms of seat belt use. Over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, 57% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were unbuckled, compared to 40% during the day.


    Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year as family and friends from faraway places come together to share delicious food and make treasured memories. Celebrate the holiday by watching parades with grandma, playing backyard football with the cousins, and splitting that last piece of pumpkin pie with your uncle – but have fun safely. Don't make the reckless decision of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

    Unfortunately, excessive alcohol and drug intoxication are increasingly rampant over Thanksgiving due to events like "Blackout Wednesday" and "Danksgiving" that highlight and even encourage the heavy consumption of alcohol and marijuana throughout the holiday weekend.

    Impaired driving in any form is dangerous and illegal in all fifty states, and never worth the risk. From 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the deadliest holiday on our roadways. So, this year say "No thanks" to impaired driving and remember: Buzzed driving is drunk driving and if you feel different, you drive different.

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