Highway Patrol urges caution on roads this Thanksgiving holiday

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The holiday traffic season is in here, which means that it’s going to take longer getting to places.

AAA says 1 million more people are expected to travel this year, as opposed to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. More than 48 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more.

Driving is still the most popular way to travel.

Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding every single driver to pay attention on the roads. Troopers say the night before Thanksgiving is always a busy one for them.

“We do see an increase in OVIs,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown. “A lot of the times, people think that New Year’s is a big drinking night, and historically, looking back here at the Canfield post, one of the busier nights that we have is Thanksgiving Eve. We see a lot of people celebrating, and as a result, more impaired driving arrests.”

Highway Patrol said there are two big things it sees with traffic crashes in our area: drivers that don’t keep an assured clear distance and those that fail to yield.