By DaVonte McKenith, Reporter/Weekend Producer - bio | email
Of those traveling this Thanksgiving, 58 percent are planning to travel by car. According to AAA, that is an increase from the 34 percent that drove last year. The biggest day for traveling for this specific holiday is actually on Thanksgiving Day.
Forty-one percent of people traveling over the holiday weekend will be going 500 miles or more. This stat has also seen an increase from year to year, and officials say there is a connection to what will happen on the road.
"We typically will see increases in rear-end collisions, and traffic accidents. [There is also an] increase in speeding violations because the traffic out there increases. [We] just want people to slow down, and get there safely," said Robert Tubbs, sergeant for Buffalo County.
Buffalo County reported that they really will not be increasing their patrol, but they will be growing their participation in one program that is designed for holiday seasons: Click it or Ticket.
When the holiday season is over, traffic conditions will remain the same for a while. Fifty percent of the travelers will head home on Sunday, but it seems like everyone has the same game plan. Of those travelers leaving Sunday, 70 percent plan to drive at off–peak hours; making the conditions no better.