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Thanksgiving Travel

Nearly 4 million Texans will be traveling on Texas roads this Thanksgiving holiday.

According to AAA Texas nearly 3.7 million Texans will journey 50 miles or more from home between Wednesday, November 25 and Sunday, November 29; an increase of 1.4 percent.

While the number of travelers is expected to increase Adele Lewis, Public Information Officer of the Texas Department of Transportation, is hoping to see another number decrease for the first time in more than a decade.

"November marks a very deadly anniversary. For the last 15 years we have not gone one day without someone dying on Texas roads; a freeway a county road out in the middle of nowhere, not one single day has been deathless in 15 years," said Lewis.

The death streak for Texas drivers goes all the way back to November 7, 2000. Since that day there have been 51,832 deaths on Texas roads. Lewis said many of those deaths could have been prevented.

"33% of people that die on our Texas roads are being killed because someone was doing drugs or alcohol," said Lewis.

Drivers should not be afraid to take a rest if they are going to be on the road for a couple of hours.

"We have great rest stops, some of them are amazing. You’re welcome to take a nap in the parking lot use the facilities, warm up, and relax a little bit," said Lewis.

There will be 3.4 million Texas traveling by car, there will be 246,000 flying, and 91,000 are expected to use another way of transportation.

"We are going into a deadly time, potentially 600 people could die on our roadways and people need to be aware so we can end the streak and cut that number down," said Lewis.

Lewis just hopes that everyone is able to make it to and from their destination safely to end the large driver death streak.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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