Michigan Travelers Begin Thanksgiving Getaway 11-24-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Travelers Begin Thanksgiving Getaway 11-24-2010

Mid-Michigan residents have begun to hit the roads this Wednesday and AAA estimates 1.3 million people will travel somewhere within the state.
The Michigan State Police said they are stepping up their patrols for the long holiday weekend, and they’ll be on the lookout for drunken drivers and working to reduce chances of traffic crashes.
Throughout Mid-Michigan, the price of a gallon of gas is going for about $2.84 and if you’re headed out of state, the national average is at about $2.87.
TV5 stopped at several local rest areas and most motorists told us traffic isn’t all that heavy and drivers are being courteous to one another.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is halting a number of construction projects through the holidays.
Drivers are still warned to reduce their speed in marked construction zones and the MSP said they’ll be watching to enforce safe driving in those areas.
Both Flint Bishop Airport and MBS Airport report flights on schedule and no delays.
Meanwhile, computer problems have caused occasional longlines for Thanksgiving travelers trying to fly Spirit Airlines at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Sixty-five-year-old Sharon Pisoni of Ann Arbor says she was concerned about security before her flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday. But because of the computer woes, she says "we haven't even gotten through security."
Spirit employees were checking in passengers by hand.
Forty-seven-year-old Gary Phillips says he had no problems flying to Detroit on a plane that left Tampa, Fla., around dawn.
He planned to follow a Thanksgiving tradition: a trip to Detroit's Eastern Market to buy a fresh turkey. His Thanksgiving plans included running the 10K Turkey Trot in downtown Detroit.

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