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November 23, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Transportation is warning Thanksgiving travelers that an analysis shows the number of crashes spikes the Wednesday evening before the holiday and the following Sunday evening.

In a release Tuesday, the department says traffic volume increases nearly 70 percent over the five-day holiday period.

During the period in 2010, there were 3,229 crashes, with 83 injuries and 16 deaths.

Department Director Jerry Wray says the analysis of the holiday period from 2006 to 2010 shows more than half of the collisions were due to driver behavior, including distracted driving or following another vehicle too closely.