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Millions travel in record numbers for Thanksgiving holiday

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Millions of Americans traveled in record numbers this year for the Thanksgiving holiday and especially at airports as travelers looked to benefit from low air fares. (WFSB) Millions of Americans traveled in record numbers this year for the Thanksgiving holiday and especially at airports as travelers looked to benefit from low air fares. (WFSB)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

Millions of Americans traveled in record numbers this year for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was especially busy at airports, as travelers looked to benefit from the low airfares. 

AAA officials said nearly 51 million Americans were expected travel 50 or more miles for the holidays as well, making this the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005. 

Officials also projected 2.5 million New Englanders to travel to their Thanksgiving Day destinations with a majority of those people driving.  

Connecticut State Police troopers were also out in full force this holiday weekend, as the number of accidents and people driving under the influence increased from last year due to the sheer number of travelers.

State Police said they responded to the following incidents from the time-span of 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 to 8 a.m. on Nov. 26, which included two deaths that happened in Killingly and Cromwell:

  • 866 speeding violations 
  • 180 seat-belt violations 
  • 2042 other hazardous violations (unsafe lane change, texting, failure to signal, etc.) 
  • 46 DUI arrests 
  • 428 accidents investigated 
  • 61 accidents with injury 
  • 2 deaths 

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