Holiday travel

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) -  Daniel Langston of Gulfport gassed up early Wednesday afternoon before hitting the road for the holidays.

"I'm headed to Kentucky, usually it takes about 8 hours.  Usually, it's pretty smooth driving, hopefully I won't run into a lot of traffic," says Langston.

Langston and other drivers can expect to see a million more drivers on the roads this holiday weekend that's an increase of about 2.1% according to AAA.  AAA points to tightening budgets, fewer flights and gas prices.  Even though gas prices went up from October, they're still lower than this time last year.

In South Mississippi, the state highway patrol started safety checkpoints early afternoon and continued through the night.

"On the way here driving down I-10 it was unbelievable the amount of traffic I observed.  That's probably a good indication of what we're going to be looking at this weekend," says Corporal Johnny Poulos, spokesman for highway patrol.

Poulos says their message to drivers is be considerate, obey traffic laws and have patience this holiday weekend.

"We're in the business of saving lives, and we take that responsibility very seriously, but we need people also to take that responsibility seriously."

The highway patrol says it plans to conduct safety checkpoints throughout the holiday weekend.

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