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Travelers hit the road for Thanksgiving, though AAA says 89% are staying home

AAA says 89% of residents are opting to stay home this Thanksgiving Day, with more than half citing the pandemic as the reason.

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2020, 11:12 PM

Updated 1,303 days ago

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Some Americans are still taking trains and planes to their Thanksgiving celebrations despite rising COVID-19 cases and national travel advisories, but airports and train stations are expected to be much less busy this year.
AAA says 89% of residents are opting to stay home during the holiday, with more than half citing the pandemic as the reason. The agency says train travel will be down more than 75% from the same week last year, and air travel is expected to be down nearly 50%.
AAA Northeast says the majority of those traveling will drive, saying it's the safest means of transportation.
For those heading out, AAA suggests mapping out the route ahead of time, having knowledge of where hotels, restaurants and gas stations are and not forgetting masks and hand sanitizer.
Despite fewer people on the highways, state police will still be out in full force to crack down on violations.
State police say they posted tips on social media, which include buckling up, driving the speed limit, checking the road conditions before heading out, avoiding distracted driving and never drinking and driving.
For those who are heading out for Thanksgiving, Gov. Ned Lamont is stressing to celebrate with immediate family and no more than 10 people at the dinner table.


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