Over 41 million drivers expected to flood the roadwaysPosted: Updated:
Travelers across the Hudson Valley hit the road Wednesday for their Independence Day celebrations.
From the highways to the skies, millions of people are traveling across the country.
With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, it is expected to be busier than ever, with travelers taking advantage of the extra-long weekend.
According to AAA, some 41 million drivers will pile into their cars for an Independence Day getaway. AAA says drivers in New York will deal with delays that are nearly four times longer than usual.
If you're flying, it will be just as crowded with travel experts estimating that 12 million people will be flying to their holiday destinations.
If you're staying in New York, state police and local law enforcement agencies have already started increasing patrols to crack down on drunk, drugged, distracted and aggressive driving during the holiday.
And it's no different on the water. The Westchester County Police Marine Unit will have an increased presence on the Hudson River. They're on the lookout for people who are boating while intoxicated.
Metro-North provided additional early afternoon service from Manhattan Wednesday for people planning an early getaway. On July 4, MTA's railroads, subways and buses will operate on weekend schedules.
Officials are reminding pet owners not to forget about their four-legged friends. A lot of dogs are frightened by fireworks, so leave them at home and turn on the TV or music to drown out the fireworks.