Authorities Offer Advice for a Safe Thanksgiving | Connecticut News

(WFSB) – Millions of drivers will hit the road tomorrow morning.

Authorities are working to help drivers stay safe this weekend as auto thefts are on the rise in the state.

The next two days are huge for traveling and shopping, and with auto thefts on the rise, police are sending tips to keep you safe.

Like when you are parked in a parking lot always make sure you have your keys ready to go and if you are shopping at night they say try to park under a light.

Another big tip this weekend is to have patience on the road because it will be very crowded.

The 2020 vacation seemed a little different to everyone, and now that we’re back to normal, that means vacation traffic is back.

AAA predicts that 48 million people will hit the roads on Thanksgiving. This is 13% more than last year.

They estimate 2 million drivers in New England alone.

Jordan Udi from Hartford said: “normally we would go to Massachusetts, but we decided we didn’t want to travel this year”.

Lucky for Udi, his family will come to him.

“My brother and his wife are going to travel to us and my grandmothers are going to be from Massachusetts,” Udi said.

The same goes for the Wade family in Hartford.

Alversia Wade said, “My dad lives near New Jersey and my brothers go up to Springfield. So we’re all going to be at my house having fun, cooking a feast. “

While some will be staying at home to prepare their Thanksgiving meals, others will be heading to bars tonight.

“I expect the bars to be full,” Jordan said.

Sometimes called Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving, bars tend to fill up the day before Thanksgiving with people home for the holidays.

“We’re going to get ready to do all the prep, but there’s a bar right there, so maybe we’ll sneak in.” But that’s only if we bake all the cakes, ”Wade said.

In order to stop driving while intoxicated. The Connecticut Department of Transportation encourages those who drink this holiday season to use a transportation service.

They created a $ 10 discount code for Uber, it’s SAVETHENIGHTCT.

It is available until January 14.

If you plan to go holiday shopping this weekend, police are asking people to be vigilant.

East Hartford Police sent these tips:

  • never leave your car unoccupied with the engine running or children inside.
  • do not leave valuables on the seat.
  • park as close as possible to your destination.

East Hartford Police also say if you feel uncomfortable or see someone who looks suspicious, ask mall or store security to escort you to your car. .

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