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AAA Michigan Predicts Rise in Thanksgiving Travel


As we get closer to Thanksgiving, AAA says this year more people will be traveling for the holiday than last year.

The auto club says 1.3 million Michiganders will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving and most will do so by car.

That means packed highways and slower travel.

Numbers are expected to be up in spite of the fact that shows prices are up 27 cents over last year.

Jeff Shaw, Driver: "Gas is pretty high right now, I mean 4 is about as high as its been and its $3.80 here."

But expensive or not, other say its just time to go.

Tiffany Martin, Driver: "A lot of people missed a lot of traveling over the holidays previous, so why not do it now?."

But as drivers prepare to hit the road this Thanksgiving, so do the Michigan State Police

Lt. Kyle Bowman, Michigan State Police: "We double up patrols of the holidays, we also increase drunk driving enforcement out there as well,"

Last year Michigan saw 7 fatal crashes over the holiday, that's why MSP says its important stay alert.

Lt. Bowman: "We encourage people to pay attention and just truly slow down and just kinda enjoy the road trip as it is."

And in case the weather turns to snow, MSP says it's important to be prepared.

Lt. Bowman: "We recommend that people carry some type of emergency kit."

Something drivers like Tiffany Martin are taking seriously.

Martin: "Everything, I have everything - blankets, emergency bag, ponchos, oil, funnel, scrapers."

But Martin plans to keep all of that stored in her car as she hopes for a smooth holiday drive.

And if you're planning to fly, AAA says Thanksgiving airfares are expected to be about 11 percent lower than last year.

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