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Law Enforcement is gearing up for Thanksgiving travel

According to TripAdvisor’s annual Thanksgiving Travel Survey, Thanksgiving travel is up 6 percent from last year.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 6:35 PM
Updated: Nov. 22, 2017 7:05 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Seventy-five percent of people traveling for Thanksgiving are planning on driving, and Minnesota's Department of Transportation is getting ready. 

Beyond putting up a timely reminder for their usual "Monday message" sign, Mike Dougherty, Public Affairs Coordinator of MnDOT, said they are preparing for mother nature too. 

Even though the weather's looking good for the week, snow plow operators are on call. 

"Should there be any ice or anything like that come up, they may be called in whether, you know, people might be having turkey at that time," he said. 

While local weather is expected to be sunny, Dougherty said other regions in the state are experiencing winter conditions, so remembering winter driving tips are essential. 

But he said being polite also helps. 

"Everyone's trying to get somewhere to see someone who's significant in their life to celebrate ... at the merges, take turns, just be aware," he said.

MnDOT rest areas are open on Thanksgiving day and Doughtery encourages people to stop, rest, and stretch as needed in order to keep driving safely. 

To see up to date road conditions and plan holiday travel, click here.

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