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Hit or miss traffic backups in Upstate on day before Thanksgiving

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AAA said 90 percent of travelers are driving this holiday season, and I-85 in the Upstate was proof that many were crossing through this region.

Earlier Wednesday morning, traffic flowed smoothly through the snow showers we saw in the Upstate. Through the day, however, there were some wrecks which caused some major delays. One in Cowpens on 85 involved three cars and sent four people to the hospital They are expected to be OK.

Christie Balsam said it took her more than three hours to get to the Greer area from Atlanta when it usually takes not more than two.

Other drivers didn't see much of a delay, just steady movement.

South Carolina Highway Patrol teams were stationed at rest stops across the state, chatting with travelers and reminding them to keep a distance as they drive. They said with so many more cars on the road, people need to pay extra attention to what is happening around them.

"Stay off that cell phone. Your most important situation right then is operating that vehicle. Have memorable times, don't connect this holiday with a tragedy," said Lance Cpl. Scott Edgeworth.

Highway patrol wants to remind folks they're out in full force this holiday weekend, so be mindful of how much alcohol is consumed at parties with friends and family. They're watching for drunk drivers, and other vehicles on the road need to be aware of the danger, too.

If anyone sees erratic driving, a stranded vehicle or a wreck, call *HP on a cell phone. Dispatchers can then get troopers to the scene to help faster.

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