Holiday travelers urged to leave early to avoid accidents

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Millions of Americans are heading to their holiday destinations Wednesday. AAA expects nearly 50 million people to travel this Thanksgiving, the most since 2007.

Traffic is moving smoothly this morning. You’ll also see more State Police cars on the road than usual. There is also something you won’t see.

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State Police have an airplane that they’re going to be flying over the busiest roadways. From that plane, a trooper is going to be watching the road. They have marks certain distances apart on the road and the trooper has a stopwatch, so he or she can tell how fast you’re going. That trooper will also be looking for reckless driving, switching lanes too much, tailgating, distracted driving.

And because they’re watching you from a plane, you will have no idea that they’ve already caught you doing something illegal until they radio a unit on the ground and that trooper pulls up behind you, lights flashing.

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The whole idea is to keep everybody safe on the roads. The traffic app Waze says this is one of the most dangerous days on the roads. Accident reports went up 33% the day before Thanksgiving last year. Accident reports start going up in the late morning, so they say try to leave early and get your driving done before 10 a.m.

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