Millions Head Back Home From Holiday Travel
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA- The Thanksgiving Holiday is usually one of the busiest days for travel. Now that the holiday weekend is almost over many are making their way back home.
One traveler said, "It's terrible actually." Another said, "Just some very long lines."
At the Gainesville Regional Airport, holiday travelers describe what heading back home can be like on a day like Sunday when millions of Americans were doing the same. There were no delays early Sunday, most travelers were making there way back home but others were saying their goodbyes. Gilchrist County resident Amy Tompkins said goodbye to her husband. She said, "We've been having to do this ever since I met him so of course I've gotten used to it as the years we've been married but it still is difficult to say goodbye to a loved one.
Triple-A predicts more than 2 million Floridians traveled during this holiday weekend, making this the second most traveled Thanksgiving holiday since the recession. The average person traveled 600 miles. Triple-A also estimates 90% of holiday travelers will drive back home and a majority of them will make that trip Sunday.
Sunday afternoon, parts of Intersate 75 were busier than usual. One driver says her trip will be 2 hours longer than she anticipated because of the traffic. Karen Mitchell said, "You know what today has been horrible. From 9:30 there's been tons of accidents and it's been bumper to bumper."
When we talked to Florida Highway Patrol troopers they said they saw a slight increase in crashes Sunday, but none were serious. They urged drivers to take their time on the roads.
FHP Spokesperson Tracey-Hilser-Pace said, "Motorists need to remember that they need to practice a lot of patience and to be courteous. Nobody is going to get where they're going in a hurry today.
Triple-A also expects holiday travelers to be on the road Monday.
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