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DOT warning drivers of peak travel times for Thanksgiving holiday

WISCONISN (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin DOT is warning motorists of heavy traffic for Thanksgiving travel. Although most major highway construction work has concluded for the year, motorists traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday period may still encounter ongoing road work along with the potential for heavy traffic in key travel corridors. Officials expect peak travel periods to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17 and on 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. “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.”

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