Roads, stores prepare for increase in traffic this Thanksgiving

Local stores are expected to see an increase in traffic this Thanksgiving holiday.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – With 47 million travelers expected on the roads this holiday weekend, Boardman Police Lt. Albert Kakasick said there will be extra officers on hand to make sure people are driving safely.

Kakasick said the Thanksgiving weekend is one of the police department’s busiest nights, especially with people visiting friends and family in the area.

Last Thanksgiving weekend, 23 people were killed in accidents on Ohio roads. Officers are hoping to prevent those accidents from occurring with extra enforcement and OVI checkpoints across the Valley.

On Wednesday, the Mahoning County OVI Task Force has planned for extra patrols across the county, looking for seat belt and OVI violations.

But not just the roads are expecting an increase in traffic. Local grocery stores are expecting big crowds, as people pick up last-minute items for their Thanksgiving feasts.

That includes shopper Deena Morrison, who was picking up a few extra items for Thursday.

“I went to start cooking for today, baking, and thought, ‘I need a little of this, a little of that.'” she said.

Morrison said her family, like many other families, are getting together for the holiday.

“Everyone’s so busy, so it’s nice to get together a couple times a year like this,” she said.

Rulli Brothers is one grocery store that has been busy this week. Tuesday is typically the busiest day of the week for the store, so this Tuesday was extra busy.

The store has been preparing for Thanksgiving for months, putting its turkey orders in last summer.

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