The AAA Auto Club is expecting 43.4 million Americans to be traveling this Thanksgiving, including 1.68 million Ohioans. AAA Spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind, says that's a decrease of 1.5 percent nationally and 1.7 percent in Ohio. Although it's a small decrease from last year's numbers, Schwind says the number of travelers has been gradually climbing since the recession. If you're traveling this holiday season, Schwind says the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day to travel.
Soon travelers will be taking to the skies and roadways all in an attempt to make it home for Christmas.
AAA said that 84.4 million travelers nationwide and 3.2 million Ohioans will take drive to their holiday destination. The auto club estimates that they'll come to the rescue of at least 15,000 Ohioans in their 38 county territory between Saturday and January 1st. A AAA spokesperson said that most of the breakdowns could be prevented with simple maintenance.
If you're planning on traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday expect to see an increase in law enforcement on the roadways.
43.6 million Americans are expected to drive at least 50 miles over the course of the holiday, which means the State Highway Patrol will be sending extra units out looking for impaired drivers. The Patrol reports that last year in Ohio seventeen people were killed over the Thanksgiving holiday, and 30% of those deaths were alcohol related.
More than 42 million Americans are expected to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA says that's an 11.4% increase from last year.
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This holiday season if you plan on having a drink better plan on getting a ride home.
The Highway Patrol says they will be out targeting drunk drivers during the long Christmas and New Year's holiday season.
"Officers will be out in full force. At least two to three cars addition to the shift. Also during the night shift, during the hours where we do find impaired drivers," Lt. Chad Neal said from the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
As you travel to visit family and friends this holiday weekend, you will see more cop cars on the roadways.
Zanesville Post Commander, Lieutenant Chad Neal, says officers want to have a more visible presence to help people make it to their destinations safely.
"Traditionally, Thanksgiving is the busiest and the most traveled holiday weekend, and I thought it would be good to use my resources-the sheriff and the police department-to work together in a joint effort to battle...