Thanksgiving drivers sticking to their plans, despite threats

Most drivers are keeping an eye on events but not changing their holiday plans after threats of terrorism.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Driver’s now have another thing to worry about along with the hustle and bustle of holiday travel — terrorism.

With numerous threats on the United States purportedly made by extremist militant group, ISIS, as well as bomb threats called into airports by an unknown person, some travelers say they are wary.

Jonathan Rodman, who was stopped at an Ohio Turnpike rest stop on his way to Virginia, said he is keeping “an eye on things” while traveling.

“I would say I’m concerned about our country,” he said.

The latest international attack was in Paris, one week ago. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says there is no link between the Paris attackers and the United States, and there is no specific or credible threats targeting America.

“I’ve been listening to it all, too many scare mongers out there,” said Wes Reedy, of Michigan. “We’re safe.”

But this week, there were two U.S. flights to Paris that were diverted due to threats. Those flying know that terrorists blew a Russian plane out of the sky, and they say traveling by air can be nerve-wracking.

“It is! It’s scary,” said Cheryl Adams, of Florida. “You always gotta be aware, whether it’s international terrorism or just people in the local area that are meaning to do harm to travelers.”

The Ohio Turnpike averages 147,000 vehicles driving on it every day. The Ohio State Highway Patrol say troopers will be visible, regardless of the time of day, looking for speeders and drunk and distracted drivers.

Most drivers are keeping an eye on events but not changing their holiday plans.

“I don’t think I’m going to let the terrorists win,” said Beth Wenger, of Virginia.

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