Utah Thanksgiving travel preview

Posted at 12:05 PM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 14:10:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- It's almost time for Thanksgiving, and that means it's time for holiday travel.

Thanksgiving holiday travel in 2012 was one of the deadliest on record in Utah. There were four fatalities in that weekend alone, and that's why the Utah Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be extra cautious when they hit the roads.

The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday. UDOT officials said as you travel be sure to leave as early as possible, get enough rest and buckle up.

In 2013, there's been 202 fatalities on Utah roads.

"Of the fatalities we had last year, 44 percent of those were not buckled or improperly buckled," UDOT spokesman John Gleason said. "So if we can get people to fasten their seat belts, that's half the battle right there."

Travelers flying out-of-state are being reminded to get to the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight is scheduled to leave. They're also being reminded to check the weather forecast in other states.

Weather is not expected to be bad in Utah during the holiday week.