DOT releases Thanksgiving travel outlook

Thanksgiving travel could start sooner than drivers might think, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Peak travel times are expected to be between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17 and Sunday, November 26.

“Traffic crashes tend to peak over the next couple months due to several factors including an abundance of holiday travelers and hunters, the potential for rapidly changing weather, decreasing daylight, and increasing deer activity,” said David Pabst, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety in a press release. “It’s the responsibility of every driver to watch their speed and following distance, always drive sober and alert, and ensure everyone is buckled up.”

The DOT is reminding travelers to plan ahead. Drivers can get updated information on work zones and incidents by dialing 511 or visiting the DOT website here.

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