INDOT and State Farm® Remind Travelers to Prepare for Heavy Holiday Traffic to Stay Safe on Indiana Roads this Thanksgiving
Hoosier Helpers Keep Traffic Moving and Save Lives
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises drivers to plan accordingly for the anticipated heavy holiday traffic this Thanksgiving weekend. Recognized as one of the busiest travel times of the year, motorists are at a higher risk for crashes. The INDOT Hoosier Helpers, sponsored by State Farm, will be out on Indiana’s major roadways to assist in the reduction of traffic congestion and to help motorists who may break down on the side of the road. Together INDOT and State Farm are encouraging motorists to do their part in keeping safe during holiday travel by preparing for possible traffic delays and driving safely to and from their holiday destination.
“The Hoosier Helpers will be out in full force to support the many travelers utilizing Indiana’s roadways to see their family and friends over the holidays,” said INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning. “The Helpers not only assist in keeping roadways clear and free of congestion, but also provide assistance to motorists who may find themselves broken down. Their service is one that we believe many motorists and families will be thankful for this holiday season.”
There’s little doubt the Hoosier Helpers will be kept especially busy providing free assistance to disabled motorists on the Interstates. It’s reported that 43 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. Approximately 90 percent of those holiday travelers will use the nation’s roadways. With the heaviest traffic predicted for Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, if possible, Indiana residents are encouraged plan their travel to avoid these peak traffic times.
“From distracted drivers to speedy drivers, State Farm knows there are many risks facing motorists during the high-traffic holiday weekend,” said State Farm Vice President-Agency David Champ. “During the holiday season and every day, the Hoosier Helper program demonstrates our good neighbor commitment by helping people manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected.”
The INDOT Hoosier Helper Service Patrol consists of 26 vehicles covering 157 miles of roadway in the state. It assists motorists Monday-Friday from 6 am – 9 pm. The patrol will be available to help keep drivers safe by changing flat tires, fixing minor mechanical problems, and providing fuel, among other services. State Farm signed on as the official program sponsor in 2011 and is a proud supporter of similar programs in nine additional states.