Thanksgiving Weekend Busy in More Ways Than One

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Packed roads will keep law enforcement busy through the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

"It is very busy, especially on the interstate, bumper to bumper traffic," said Sgt. Malachi Sanders of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "We have a lot of people who won't pay attention to our speed limit signs."

And that's why Sanders asks that drivers keep their focus on the speedometer.

"We are hoping this year everyone will slow down and think about that gas they are burning, and be careful," Sanders said.

The Hale family from Texas was passing through Meridian Tuesday, on their way to Montgomery. Polly Hale said the key is slowing down when there is extra traffic on the interstate.

"We obey the speed limit. We watch the traffic ahead. If we see it is bunching up, we slow down and make sure there is plenty of space in front of it," Hale said.

And the roads are already busy. Hale said she noticed a big difference as soon as she crossed the Mississippi line.

"We had one fatality last year during the season and we are trying to combat that by not having any," said Sanders.

Sanders also wants to remind drivers about the Mississippi 'move over' law. If you see an emergency responder on the side of the road, by law, you have to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle if at all possible.

The holiday driving period ends Sunday at midnight.

AAA estimates that about 33.2 million people will travel fifty miles or more by car, about a 3 percent increase from last year. But the number of people traveling by airplane is dropping to about 2.3 million. About 2.9 million will travel by other means.


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