Rules of the road

What you need to know to stay safe ahead of the busy travel season

More Americans travel during Thanksgiving week than any other time of the year. In fact, the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving is when the most volume of travelers are on the road. According to AAA, there will be more than 55 million people traveling by vehicle, air or rail this year. The high traffic volume and an overall increase of more than one million expected travelers could mean more traffic and longer destination times. And the potential for frayed nerves and more drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road, speeding or generally not driving safely.

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year which could lead to more drivers operating vehicles while intoxicated. Also, Pennsylvania’s deer season begins on Saturday this year so there probably will be more hunters driving to their camps on Friday and that also could mean more deer activity on roadways too..

The Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement agencies are patrolling the roads to ensure motorists obey traffic laws. However, with so many laws on the books, it can be challenging for motorists to keep track of them all.  

Appearing on Wednesday’s Smart Talk are Fritzi Schreffler, PennDOT District 8 Safety Press Officer, Trooper Stuart Koch with Troop H of the Pennsylvania State Police and retired Trooper Matt Frampton, South Central Pennsylvania Highway Safety to discuss all your highway questions and safety concerns. Visit for live, updated traffic conditions. 


Justin Kocis

Trooper Stuart Koch, Fritzi Schreffler, PennDOT District 8 Safety Press Officer, and retired Corporal Matt Frampton, South Central Pennsylvania Highway Safety appear on Smart Talk November 27, 2019.

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