Travel tips for Central Illinois residents this holiday weekend

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It’s less than a week until Christmas and many who celebrate it or have vacation time to travel will be starting their journeys.

“Thursday and Friday were going to be the busy days this year which makes sense because everybody wants to be there over the weekend. But I expect Saturday and Sunday we’ll see some pretty good travel loads,” Peoria Director of Airports Gene Olson said. 

Olson advises air travelers to give themselves enough time to go through longer TSA lines, avoid packing wrapped presents and traveling under the influence.

“We had an incident here last week where a passenger had too much to drink and was unruly on an airplane. He was asked to leave and ended up becoming arrested,” said Olson.

For those traveling by car this weekend, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell recommends finding a designated driver if you’re drinking, stay focused on the road and drive defensively.

“Everyone’s getting a lot of messages on their phone. My advice, put the phone on the glove box or the trunk. Take that risk out of your hands and just wait until you get to your destination. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday and even those that are not driving, make sure that they have one,” said Asbell.

In terms of weather, leaving Peoria ahead of Christmas day won’t be much of a problem but that might change on the way back.

 “Middle to end of next week that’s where we really need to keep an eye out on the forecast. We have a really big weather system coming in that is likely going to spread a lot rainfall in our direction. We might even see a few thunderstorms by the end of next week,” said Lauren Rainson, WMBD/WYZZ Meteorologist.

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