Thanksgiving Weekend Travel
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis.- More than 43 million Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend. With so many people heading in all different directions, The Brown County Sheriff's Department is warning people to be careful on the roads.
People aren't just traveling by car though, they're also flying and this is the busiest weekend of the year for Austin Straubel Airport, according to airport director Tom Miller. That's because so many people are traveling back from their vacation.
Jason Berger and his family, wait at the Austin Straubel Airport. They're heading out of town for the holiday weekend. As they wait for their flight to Austin, Texas, they keep a close eye on the weather.
"It looks like it's smooth sailing coming out the rest of the day. I don't see any weather issues going to Texas, so I'd say so far so good,:" said Berger.
However, not everyone will be so lucky. The east coast is being hammered with snow and ice right now, halting travel in those areas.
"Those flights may be delayed, so I would strongly recommend people bring their patience with them and bring a good book," said Miller.
Patience is something the Brown County Sheriff's Department is asking drivers to have this weekend, especially with all the construction in the area.
"You're looking at the tri-fecta of not only the holiday travel, but folks coming home and wanting to be out and celebrating or what now and now we've got the Brown Thursday thing going on too," said Captain Randy Schultz with the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies warn they will be out on the roads this weekend monitoring traffic. If you're flying to your destination though, it's recommended that you plan for delays.
Deputies say traffic is going to be heavy this thanksgiving weekend, Those officers are keeping a close eye on drivers, looking specifically for drivers texting, speeding, drivers not wearing a seat belt and of course drunk driving.