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Be safe on the roads this Thanksgiving

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:08:24-05

State Police will be on high alert Wednesday through Sunday to make sure Thanksgiving fun doesn't affect safety on the road.

Troopers say they will be highly visible and drivers can expect several sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols.

Police say they will supplement regular patrols to focus on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking and distracted driving. Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) will be used to target distracted drivers. These are unmarked cars blend in with traffic, but become obvious emergency vehicles once emergency lighting is activated.

During the Thanksgiving holiday last year, State Police say they arrested 218 drivers for DWI, issued 5,910 speeding tickets, 732 tickets for distracted driving and 204 tickets for the move over law.

Also during this period last year, 19 deaths as a result of car accidents happened statewide. Eight of those deaths were alcohol-related crashes, seven were speed-related and five were a combination of speed and alcohol.