Police in Passaic County among those targeting aggressive, distracted driving over Thanksgiving weekend

Police departments are stepping up patrols and watching major roadways closely this holiday weekend. AAA says 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers are going by car.

Police departments are stepping up patrols and watching major roadways closely this holiday weekend.

Police departments are stepping up patrols and watching major roadways closely this holiday weekend. (11/27/13)

PASSAIC COUNTY - Police departments are stepping up patrols and watching major roadways closely this holiday weekend.

AAA says 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers are going by car. Drivers say the weather is definitely playing a role and many are slowing down on the roads.

Police in Passaic County say that is exactly what should be done in poor driving conditions and that they will be targeting aggressive drivers and giving out tickets.

"It's just a stepped up, concerted effort during these major holiday weekends when we know there are more cars on the roads," says Bob Gaydosh, of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Police say this can be one of the deadliest weekends for alcohol-related crashes, and they will be on the lookout for drunken drivers. They'll also be looking for distracted drivers.

In addition to patrols and speed traps, officers will be setting up checkpoints to inspect vehicles and drivers. The aggressive driving crackdown runs through Sunday.

Authorities say traffic fatalities statewide have dropped more than 11 percent compared to last year. Nationwide numbers have been on the rise.

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