Sheriff Thanksgiving driving tips

With an estimated 1.5 million Michiganders taking to the roads for this Thanksgiving weekend, Sanilac County Sheriff Gary Biniecki would like all of them to arrive safely at their destinations. In 2014, Sanilac County had over 1300 traffic crashes, 166 Injury Accidents and 8 Fatal Accidents. If you plan on driving this holiday season, Sheriff Biniecki advises to get plenty of rest, avoid alcohol and wear your seat-belt. The Thanksgiving holiday also coincides with the firearm deer season, which means hunters will also be adding to the numbers of cars on the roads. A large deer herd, combined with the higher numbers of cars traveling, creates a higher probability for collisions. Last year, Sanliac County had over 1,000 accidents involving deer. Sheriff Biniecki notes that most often you'll see a deer near dawn or dusk. If you do spot a deer; slow down, flash you headlights and blow your horn to try and scare the animal. Remember deer travel in herds, so if you see one chance are others are coming, so proceed with caution.