With Thanksgiving just days away, people will soon hit the roads to visit with family and friends. If you are headed across the country or just across town, the Conway Police Department wants to remind you to buckle up – Every Trip, Every Time.

"When the number of cars on the road increase so does your risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year," said Sergeant Ben Lackey with Conway Police, "So we want to remind everyone that seat belts do save lives."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. Research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

While CPD is always on the lookout for violators of the seat belt law, our agency will join in a special nationwide seatbelt mobilization enforcement effort that will start Nov. 25 and end Dec. 1, 2013. "Please don’t get so caught up in the excitement of the holiday that you forget to take the easy step of buckling up — Every Trip, Every Time so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones," said Lackey.

For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.