If you’re out this Thanksgiving, you won’t be alone

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – As you drive to your Thanksgiving destination, you must be prepared for potentially crowded roads in Georgia and South Carolina.

Thanksgiving travel is expected to be at or above pre-pandemic levels in both states, and AAA estimates nearly 90 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers will take a car.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that more than 1,000,000 people have been injured and more than two dozen killed in accidents on South Carolina highways during the Thanksgiving holiday season over the past two years.

In both federal states, there will also be more soldiers on the streets.

“We want to be able to protect everyone, and we want to have an adequate number of soldiers who can respond to any incidents or collisions that may occur,” says SCHP Lance Cpl. said Tyler Tidwell. “Driving is a privilege. Just keep an eye on the road and stay safe.”

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Across the Savannah River, the Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement will have additional personnel to enforce speeding, DUI, hands-free devices, seat belts and all traffic safety laws during the holiday travel season, which ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The Georgia State Patrol is asking people to think twice about getting behind the wheel if they’re overly tired and sleepy. They say they need drivers who need to focus on having a safe holiday season

“We ask people to follow the general rules, do not write and drive, do not follow too closely. Everyone has to reach their destination. We want them to arrive safely,” said Richard Sikes of the GSP.

He says GSP urges everyone to be extra careful on the roads, to obey the law but also to be on the lookout for drivers around you.

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Higher prices

  • Airfares are up 22% this Thanksgiving than last year
  • Hotel nights cost 17% more than in 2021
  • On the other hand, rental cars cost 7% less

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