Today is supposed to be one of the busiest travel days since 2000, AAA says
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - According to AAA, Wednesday was pegged to be the third busiest pre-Thanksgiving travel day since 2000.
AAA also said more than 2,000,000 New Englanders will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving, just shy of pre-pandemic levels.
That includes a half million Connecticut residents.
“Across Connecticut gas prices are trending about 15 cents more than last year, however most travelers do not appear fazed.”
“Consistent with what we have been seeing throughout the year at AAA, the demand for travel has continued and the Thanksgiving holiday is certainly no exception.”
“New Haven was the worst, coming through New Haven, however smoothed out after that,” said Gary Smith, who is travelling more than 700 miles from Hartford to Charlotte, North Carolina.
State police told Channel 3 that they are focused on the roads. They warned folks behind the wheel not to get distracted, especially with the high volume of drivers expected. There will also be extra state troopers on the road focusing on aggressive, unsafe and drunk drivers.
Car crashes due to distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence were on the rise across the country. Ahead of the holiday travel, troopers hoped the numbers won’t go up.
In Connecticut, state police said their agency alone responded to more than 3,000 crashes this year involving injuries and 115 of them were fatal.
The reason behind the increase in crashes wasn’t exactly clear; however, first responders said it serves as a good reminder to remain vigilant. They said to eliminate distractions like cell phones and other electronics, and never get behind the wheel when exhausted or, of course, under the influence.
State police are asking all drivers to not only be an extra set of eyes and call 911 if you spot an emergency, but also play a part by following the traffic laws.
They advise that you do not follow too closely to other drivers, make sure you buckle up, drive the speed limit, stay off your cell phone, and if you plan to drink, get a designated driver.
According to AAA, the best time to travel both Wednesday and Thursday was before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
The worst time was between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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