Thanksgiving travelers come through Roanoke

By Irisha Jones - Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - Fifteen percent of the country's population nearly, 51 million people are expected to hit the roads and take to the skies this week.

Experts suggest giving yourself some extra time because they're may be delays.

According to AAA, air travel is expected to be up 5 percent to nearly 4 million travelers, partly because ticket prices are at their lowest in four years.

As for the 45 million people who plan to drive, gas prices are actually at their highest since 2014, averaging about $2.47 cents per gallon.

AAA also says the day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for travel and law enforcement wants to make sure you stay safe on the roads.
    
In 2017, eight people died in crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving travel period.
 

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