The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 21, to Sunday, November 25.
It's been estimated by AAA that 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And most of that traffic will be done via our nation's roadways.
We urge everyone to be cautious.
Practice patience in your travels, as you should daily, but especially at this time of year. The reason those 43.6 million will be traveling is to be with family and friends, so why not take that extra effort to ensure you and those around you will make it safely.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol also reminds motorists to "buckle up" - a simple task that can save lives.
In 2011, nearly 65 percent of those killed on Ohio's roadways were not wearing a safety belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that more than 13,000 lives each year are saved because people are wearing safety belts.
"It's simple, safety belts save lives and reduce injury in crashes," Col. John Born, OSHP superintendent, states. "It's the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends."
They are two simple words - patience and safety - but two that will aid you on your travels, both daily and this holiday season.
We hope you practice both.