PennDOT, Downtown Clearfield to Promote Operation Safe Holiday

Operation Safe Holiday message to be delivered through businesses and organizations

Pictured, from left, are PennDOT District 2 Safety Press Officer Dawn Roussey, Clearfield Borough Police Department Patrolman Dan Farley and Clearfield Revitalization Corp. Main Street Manager Kellie Truman-Swales. (Provided photo)

CLEARFIELD - PennDOT, Clearfield Borough Police and the Clearfield Revitalization Corp. recently kicked off Operation Safe Holiday.

Operation Safe Holiday is a statewide campaign focusing on vehicle occupant protection, aggressive driving and impaired driving. Operation Safe Holiday runs through New Year’s Day, and the CRC is taking part locally by raising awareness about unsafe driving practices.

More than 20 locations in downtown Clearfield have agreed to provide their customers with bookmark-sized leaflets from PennDOT regarding safe driving practices.

“Clearfield’s downtown businesses truly value those they serve,” said Kellie Truman-Swales, Clearfield Main Street manager. “By raising awareness about safe driving practices, they help to ensure that the holidays are bright for everyone.”

The holidays are a peak time for traffic crashes. Last year in Pennsylvania, there were 8,513 accidents during the combined Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s travel periods. Most of those (4,235) occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday.

In Clearfield County, 39 accidents were reported during the 2011Thanksgiving travel period. That number is larger than the number of crashes (34) reported to police during the Christmas and New Year’s travel periods combined.

Police will be on patrol statewide during Operation Safe Holiday. Enforcement tactics include sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to focus on impaired, aggressive and unbuckled motorists. Drivers can increase their safety on the roads by buckling up, following the posted speed limit and avoiding other aggressive driving behaviors. Motorists are reminded to never drive impaired and avoid distractions while they are behind the wheel.

For more information on how to drive safely, visit the Traffic Information Center at www.JustDrivePA.com.

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