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Busy day on Wisconsin roads day before Thanksgiving


Hundreds of thousands of people in Wisconsin are traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

According to AAA, more than 800,000 people will travel for the holiday in the Badger State.

Jeff Todd is one of those travelers. He's driving to Illinois to visit family.

"I suppose you could fly, but then you know the airports aren't that easy," said Todd. "You would have to go though a hub to get there. So I think driving is probably the absolute best way to do it."

Because of the heavy traffic, the State Patrol has every available trooper working this weekend.

"It's busy," said Sgt.. Travis Wanless, Wisconsin State Patrol. "There's a lot of traffic out there. I know we'll be out there to enforce. Looking for seatbelt violations, speeding violations, OWI related type violations."

For air travelers, the holiday weekend got off to a rough start. Dense fog in Chicago kept many central Wisconsin airport passengers from taking off. But airport officials say during the holidays, delays are bound to happen.

"Our flights today were all at capacity or nearly to capacity," said James Olson, Director Of Operations at Central Wisconsin Airport. "On a holiday travel like this is it nice to be able to get everyone out and get them to their destination, get them going."

But whether driving or flying, one thing is certain.Travelers will have plenty of company.

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