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This Thanksgiving, travel safely and smoothly



Fargo, North Dakota – The busiest travel day of the year is the day before Thanksgiving. There will be more individuals traveling by air and by road as a result of the approaching holiday.

Traveling for Thanksgiving is different from other holidays, according to Minnesota State Highway Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow.

“Really everybody is traveling the day before, usually they’re gonna take off either that afternoon or that evening before that holiday, and make it a long holiday weekend.”

This year, Minnesota is stepping up its enforcement of traffic safety. Grabow clarifies that there is more law enforcement on the roadways.

Also this year, there’s no sign of snow, rain, or any kind of bad weather. While some may think this is perfect driving weather, Grabow reminds us, “We see most of our serious injuries and really bad crashes involving fatalities when our weather is at its best.”

According to officials, when the weather is nice, individuals tend to get too comfortable and start speeding. They stress obeying the speed limit at all times. Grabow advises, “Don’t outdrive your common sense.”

It’s crucial to avoid distractions when driving as well, but this goes beyond simply not looking at your phone.

There are many other distractions while driving, Jesse adds, “Just because you’re hands-free, doesn’t mean you’re distracted free. Your mind can still go elsewhere.”

There are other locations where traffic is increased besides the road. Many times, local airports are overrun with travelers eager to board a plane. At an airport, it’s a good idea to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, just like when driving.

Remember that your safety is the greatest gift you can give your family this Christmas season.