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For Many, Traffic Beats Day at Work

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The NC Visitors Center near our northern border is busy on the eve of Thanksgiving.
SMITHFIELD — For the next fourteen hours or so, conjestion is what you'll have to put up with on major highways just about everywhere.

The Wednesday before "turkey day" is prime-time for holiday travellers whosay so far, the road to Thanksgiving bliss is running smoothly.

"It's not grumpy," says traveler Roger Sellers."People have been goingalong real good. Traffic is running smooth. There's been no trafficproblems so far."

That could change Wednesday night as more people get off work and get onthe road. DMV officers are staying busy along with mechanics who areworking overtime to keep all the additional cars running. But, SteffonDeyo and his fiance, Cheryl, say no matter how congested it gets, the tripbeats a day at work.

"Oh, tell me about it. Yeah, I needed it," Deyo explains. "I haven'ttaken off in quite a while, so I got a few days here and I took advantageof them."

Many of the crowds are taking a break at interstate rest stops and welcome centers like the one near North Carolina's northern border. Today,welcome center workers are seeing roughly twice as many motorists asusual.

"Lots of times, they will want to know how to get to a certain area likeGreenville or Raleigh or Fayetteville," explains travel counselor EdithJenkins. "Maybe they're going to those towns."

Vacationers like Linda Bernhart say a good attitude goes a long way oncrowded roads.

"I was hearing people up at the rest stop talking about getting togetherand having barbecues and about the types of meals they were going tohave," Bernhart explains. "It's just that kind of holiday."

At least it's that way for now. The DMV expects tempers to flare later onin the evening. Traffic isn't expected to subside until the wee hours ofThanksgiving morning.

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