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Thanksgiving weekend travelers making their way back home

It’s historically one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Roads, airports and train stations all filled with people making their way to and from loved ones for the holiday weekend.

Traffic – it’s definitely one of the most stressful parts of any holiday trip.

“Oh my God it’s been a crazy trip,” traveler Marian Molina said.

Marian Molina and her Southern California family know all about it.

“First hit traffic in Camarillo with the outlets.. horrible, horrible situation,” Molina said.

The Molina’s were on their way to Pismo.

“We’re going to hit the dunes with these quads back here and we’ve got a razer and just have a good time with the family,” Molina said.

They left the L.A. area around 11 am Friday – and by 6 pm – they still weren’t there yet.

“And I have kids and so the traveling is harder with kids that need to go to the restroom and tons of stuff,” Molina said.

The Santa Maria Police Department says they’ve noticed an increase in traffic activity this Thanksgiving weekend.

“We’ve had a couple of traffic accidents within the city of Santa Maria,” Santa Maria Police Lt. Jesse Silva said.

Lt. Jesse Silva attributes this to the high volume of Thanksgiving travelers and the Black Friday frenzy.

“Be patient, that’s what it’s going to take as you’re getting from store to store or home to home visiting relatives, doing a little shopping, sight-seeing, be patient with your driving,” Silva said.

“I study in Sacramento,” Lompoc resident Isela Caudillo said.

Isela Caudillo says she should’ve hit the road back to school hours ago but says she won’t mind the traffic, because this weekend – she has a lot to be thankful for.

“Being thankful that I have a car, I’m alive, so waiting is ok.. and I believe that waiting is a virtue.. so I’m working on my virtues,” Caudillo said.

Patience certainly is a virtue. The Santa Maria Police Department is also reminding drivers to give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.

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