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Holiday travel? Leave now, experts and drivers say

Experts and motorists alike say, if you can, leave early to avoid the rush this Thanksgiving weekend. (WSYX/WTTE)

Experts and motorists alike say, if you can, leave early to avoid the rush this Thanksgiving weekend.

The American Automobile Association said this holiday will be the busiest Thanksgiving on the roadways in Ohio since 2005 with more than 2.1 million on the roadways. Among them, Jim Tavernelli of Cincinnati, who is headed to Strongsville with his wife, three boys (all under 8 years old) and their dog. Tavernelli said Tuesday is his preferred travel day.

"I've done Wednesday in the past and its not fun," he said. "So we go a day earlier. We plan ahead."

Joan Ackerman of Yellow Springs stopped at the rest area on I-71 in Delaware County on her way to Cleveland. She too liked to beat the Wednesday rush.

"It's usually very, very crowded," she said of Wednesday traffic. She's got her new dog, Noki, with her and wanted the trip to be easier on both of them.

"I want to make it as simple as possible for him," she said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said extra troopers will on the road, working overtime funded by grants, to look for impaired drivers and enforce seat belt laws.

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