Be safe traveling Thursday

Not since 2005 has there been such a large one-year increase in the amount of traffic expected on Ohio roads Thursday through Sunday. AAA predicts as many as 2.2. million Buckeye State residents will be out and about, prompting the Ohio Department of Transportation to suspend roadwork and get as many lanes open as they can to accommodate the travelers.

That means drivers will need to plan their trips and leave plenty of time to reach destinations, as officials expect delays in areas such as Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Springfield, Zanesville, Columbus and Akron, to name a few.

And with that increased traffic could come increased danger. Last year, when traffic for the holiday was lighter than usual, there were 11 fatal crashes, in which 11 people died. Some of those deaths were the results of impaired driving and/or not using a seat belt.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers will be out working to deter both, not to mention keeping an eye out for distracted driving.

Be smart and safe as we return to a more “normal” Thanksgiving celebration –and all the traffic that goes with it. Plan ahead, give yourself plenty of time, pay attention to weather conditions, wear your seat belts and do NOT drive impaired or distracted. Give yourself the chance to be thankful you and your loved ones arrive safely in time for dinner.


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