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Holiday travel led to some of the worst accident days in Arizona

PHOENIX — Nearly 500 crashes in a single day final year put a damper on a vacation season that needs to be about household and meals.

1n 2020, the Friday earlier than Thanksgiving noticed 492 accidents, the third most accidents in a single day all year, information exhibits. 

Why? it begins with busy roadways.

“More people on the road means more crashes.” Julian Paredes, a spokesperson for AAA stated. “It will be the 3rd busiest Thanksgiving since AAA started tracking data.”

AAA estimates practically one million Arizonans will hit the roadways for thanksgiving travel this vacation season. Combine drivers taking out-of-the-ordinary routes and routines can create a harmful concoction.

“It comes down to impaired driving, distracted driving, even road rage,“ Paredes said.

So Julian said to make a plan. Give yourself plenty of time and have patience, and remember, all of us want to be home for the holidays.

“A little bit of work now can save a lot of stress, a big headache, and even a crash,” Paredes said. “And know that everyone wants to get home like you.”

December 15 and Christmas Eve had been the solely two days final year that noticed fewer crashes than Thanksgiving.

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