Officials with the Parkways Authority expect the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the following Sunday to be some of the busiest traffic days on the platform, with total traffic from Tuesday through Sunday expected to reach approximately 730,000 vehicles.
“Wednesday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week are typically the busiest travel days we experience on the West Virginia Turnpike in the entire year,” said Jeff Miller, executive director of the Parkways Authority, adding that 156,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the Turnpike toll booths. . on Wednesday November 23 and 165,000 on Sunday November 27.
Miller said the Parkways Authority will be fully prepared for high volumes of travel during Thanksgiving week.
“In addition to tolls and maintenance being fully prepared, we will have additional traffic signs at each toll yard as well as additional 7 West Virginia State Police troopers and courtesy patrol members to assist drivers,” he said.
Miller also said that the E-ZPass is accepted on all lanes, “and we encourage all passenger vehicle owners to take advantage of our single fee rebate program for $26.25 per year for unlimited use of the West Virginia Turnpike. Sign up today at wvturnpike.com.”
* In Virginia, the Virginia State Police (VSP) is focusing on safety and reminding everyone to stay tuned, with preliminary data showing that 54 percent of those killed in traffic crashes this year were not wearing seat belts or safety restraints.
Colonel Gary T. “Your family wants you to arrive safely and clicking your seatbelt can help that happen. Virginia State Police want you and your loved ones to arrive at your destination safely – eliminate distractions, obey posted speed limits, don’t drive while drunk or drunk, and, Again, always buckle up.”
The VSP will once again be involved in the CARE process (breakdown awareness and reduction efforts).
As part of the state-sponsored national program, state police will increase their visibility and traffic enforcement efforts during the five-day counting period that begins at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday.
Last year’s Operation CARE Thanksgiving resulted in the deaths of 5,127 speeders and 1,565 reckless drivers statewide. Virginia troopers charged 65 drivers with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and cited 477 drivers for failing to buckle up and/or juvenile passengers.
There were five traffic deaths during the five-day Thanksgiving census period of 2021 and 12 deaths during the same period in 2020.
This year the CARE initiative also falls within the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which aims to further emphasize the life-saving value of seat belts to everyone in a vehicle.
With increased patrols, VSP is also reminding drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway. If unable to move, drivers are required to overtake the emergency vehicle with caution. The law also applies to personnel in vehicles equipped with amber lights.
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