More than 3 million Texans hit the roads for Thanksgiving weekend

ABILENE, Texas - It's estimated that 3.4 million Texas drivers will travel on the roads between Wednesday and Sunday.

Some drivers heading east on Interstate 20 Wednesday afternoon said they noticed the difference.

"It's been a little heavier than it would normally," said one traveler heading to Decatur from El Paso.

"They've been pretty clear," said Sarah Butler, who was heading to Waco with her husband, son, and three dogs. "A lot of traffic, but that's to be expected."

TxDOT passed along some tips to keep holiday travelers safe. The said to pay attention and limit distractions, including cell phones, slow down when the weather calls for it, and make sure to buckle up.

"We learned from our tickets years ago when it was put into the law that we must wear safety belts," said Adrian Zamora, who was heading to the Fort Worth area with his family.

They said to be cautious of other drivers, too.

"What I do is whenever I see someone that doesn't look like they're doing the right thing, I just give them a wide berth," said Basil Chang, who was on his way to the Metroplex. "That way if they did something wrong I have enough time to avoid their mishaps."

Every driver we spoke with said they were excited for turkey and to have a few days off of work, but the Department of Public Safety said you have to get to your destination safely first.

DPS made 386 DWI arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend of last year. They also issued 75 hundred speeding citations.

TxDOT said there were 952 serious injuries and 48 deaths from traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period.

By the way, AAA is reporting that gas prices are down this year so it's a good time to travel on the roads. The average national price of gas is $3.28, down almost .20 cents from last year.

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