Millions traveling for the holidays

Posted at: 12/21/2012 10:12 PM
Updated at: 12/21/2012 11:36 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Snow fall in this area is business as usual, but that doesn't mean it won't be a headache for drivers.

According to AAA, ninety percent of people traveling for the holiday will be driving. That's more than 84-million people.

The New York State Department of Transportation says they are ready to plow and salt the roads as soon as the snow comes, and they ask that drivers keep an eye out for their trucks.

"(You) need to give us room out there. When you see a snow plow it is probably bigger than you, so you need to give it space and let them do their work," said Lori Maher, a spokesperson for DOT.

With all the extra traffic on the road, the DOT is urging drivers to remember that not everyone may be familiar with the area, so it's important to be extra attentive while driving.

"Drive for condition. I can't emphasize how important it is if you see it is snowing, you can't drive like it's a sunny summer day," said Maher.

If you are planning a trip, the DOT has a website and a mobile app that can help.

"511NY" can give you information about traffic and road conditions. You can also see live cameras for the area you are traveling in.

"You can see if the roads are snow covered, or closed, or (if) it's lightly snowing," said Maher.

While you are out on the roads, you will also see State Police. They are cracking down on drinking and driving this holiday season, and say if you are going to any holiday parties, drivers need to be responsible.

New York State police officer Mark O'Donnell says,
"Becoming a designated driver, and to tell your family and your office colleagues how important they are by being the designated driver and stepping up and being someone here."