Mary Alice Reporting – Many agencies are sending out safety reminders as the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to see over 54 million Americans traveling.

AAA is predicting that of those travelers, 2.2 million Ohioans will travel more than 50 miles from their homes.

Spokesperson Kimberly Schwind says the majority will be in a vehicle and preparations should be done to avoid a possible breakdown.

“Also take the time to check your tires, check your fluid level, check your headlights, [and] just make sure that your car is ready for that road trip.”

Ohio Department of Transportation Press Secretary Matt Bruning adds that for any major holiday they work to reduce the number of work zones but it’s not always possible.

“Still going to see work zones on I-75 in Toledo and Cincinnati, I-70 and 71 in Columbus, I-70 in Zanesville, and we still have a lot of work to do in the Akron area.”

Another option to avoid potential delays is to check out the OHGO app or website for road alerts.

Also over the weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force making sure motorists are taking the proper safety measure by driving sober, not driving distracted, and wearing their safety belts. Last Thanksgiving weekend, 17 people were killed in Ohio and seven of those fatalities involved alcohol or drugs.

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