Heavy Travel Expected

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Many families are packing for a three, or four-day weekend for Christmas. And that is a chance to hit the road or take to the air.

AAA says it expects more than 50 million drivers will be taking to the roads this Christmas weekend, traveling to see loved ones or heading out on that last minute shopping trip.

Capt. Billy Mayes with the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Troop H, says traffic has been noticeably heavy for the last two days.

The Alabama Highway Patrol says traffic is also up on Alabama highways and they expect it to just get heavier.

Increased traffic translates into increased risk on the roads. Experts advise that you plan ahead for your holiday travel. Slow down, turn off your phone, give other drivers extra space, and don't drink and drive.

Mayes said last Christmas season, the MHP reported no traffic fatalities. However, nationally there were 310 traffic deaths on Christmas Day of 2004.

During Thanksgiving weekend, eight people were killed on Mississippi roadways and 17 traffic-related fatalities were recorded in Alabama.

Troopers in both states say they aren't taking any chances. They'll be patrolling this weekend to keep drivers safe.

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