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Lots of Traffic, Few Ways Out

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Thanksgiving brings with it many traditions. Turkey, taking stock, tolerating relatives. And for many, there's the annual Thanksgiving commute.

In our region, about 1 million people are traveling more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. That's almost 4 percent more than last year. It means a lot of time spent in the car. And not necessarily moving anywhere despite people's best efforts.

"Remember one thing: that whatever strategy you come up with, someone already has," says John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA. "So you're gonna have a lot of competition for that piece of real estate known as the highway. Unless you travel at odd times."

Odd times meaning midnight or 1 am.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

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