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Record breaking holiday travel expected

Whether by car, plane, train or bus, more Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday than in previous years.

According to AAA, nearly 51 million Americans are expected to venture 50 miles or more from home. The highest number in 12 years and about a 3 percent increase over the last year.

Airline industry experts predict that over the Thanksgiving holiday week, more than 28 million people will fly on U.S. Airlines.

AAA also says that Americans will pay the lowest holiday airfares since 2013.

It’s a different story for those driving here in California, AAA said gas prices are the most expensive they’ve been in four years.

“Once I hit LA I know it is going to be backed up for hours hopefully there are no accidents, but if there is a fender bender things are going to slow down. It’s going to be an 8-hour drive I think,” said Mike Sprankle, who is traveling to Northern California.

Tune in tonight at 5 pm on KESQ or 5:30 pm on CBS Local 2, as Joe Galli takes a look at traffic on the I-10 and what police agencies are planning to do to stop people driving under the influence.

You can watch a livestream of the traffic on the I-10 in Thousand Palms here

KESQ News Team

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