Transportation officials offer tips on ensuring safe holiday travels


DELMARVA – As Santa is preparing his sleigh to deliver presents this weekend, you may be finalizing your travel plans. 47 ABC has more from local transportation officials on how to ensure a safe journey this holiday season.

Taking to the Skies

At Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, the holiday decorations are in place; and so are the flights ready to whisk passengers away to their holiday destinations.

“Make sure you’re at the airport at least an hour ahead of time because they do have to process you and your baggage before you get on the flight,” said Airport Manager Tony Rudy. “So, you definitely don’t want to show up here last minute and you might not be able to make the flight, or your bags might not make in on the flight.”

Rudy says while some flights still have seats available, he encourages customers to book now, instead of later.

“It’s been pretty steady right along. We have roughly four flights a day now, and they’ve been pretty full,” said Rudy. “If people are planning on traveling, I suggest they book their ticket now while they’re still available. Otherwise, they could be out of luck for flying out of Salisbury.”

Hitting the Road

If you’re planning on hitting the roads, a powerful storm system expected to sweep through ahead of the weekend should be on your radar.

“It does appear that there is going to be a pretty intense weather system moving through at the end of the week. It looks like we could have a lot of rain, a lot of wind, and quickly falling temperatures,” said DelDOT Director of Community Relations CR McLeod. “That could obviously leave to some icy conditions. So, we are going to be monitoring that throughout the week and making preparations, should we expect to see freeze-ups happening on the roads.”

McLeod says DelDOT is also keeping a close watch on coastal areas in the case of potential flooding.

“We did have some minor flooding just last week with the storm that came through. Again, that’s always a concern in Sussex County, especially in Eastern Sussex around the Bay,” said McLeod. “We could see not only flooding, but we could see trees coming down and other debris on the road. So, we really just want everyone to be mindful of that as they’re making their way to their destinations.”

DelDOT says caution on the road is extremely important this year, as the First State has broken a record in traffic deaths. In 2022, Delaware has seen 158 traffic fatalities; the most since 1988.

“Driving sober, leaving extra time to get where you’re going, and really just being focused on the safety of your vehicle and those in the vehicles around you is really imperative,” said McLeod.

Looking Ahead

Make sure to stay up to date with the 47 ABC WMDT weather team. You can find the latest on the expected storm system by clicking here.

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