Highway Patrol will be out in force for Thanksgiving holiday period

Highway Patrol will be out in force for Thanksgiving holiday period

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - AAA expects this to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2007 with some 41 million Americans expected to travel by car.

In addition, the average price of gasoline, at $2.82 per gallon as of Nov. 24, is 47 cents lower than a year ago, and the lowest price heading into a Thanksgiving holiday since 2009.

Good weather and low gas prices is great news for drivers, but they'd better be aware. The troopers will be watching through midnight Sunday.

"We're going to have all our checkpoints in place here again," said Lt. Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "That's not to inconvenience people. It's a safety measure and a very important tool that we use to get impaired drivers off the roadways to make sure everyone is buckled up."

Poulos says that drivers who come up to a check point should have their driver's license and insurance information ready to expedite the process.

High gas prices wouldn't have stopped Jeanne Andrews of Houston, Texas, from getting to Mobile. But she's happy.

"I'd do it anyway, but it helps tremendously to have the gas lower and the weather being nice is the best part."

Nayarda Robison of Gautier likes the added benefit lower prices will have on his trip to Florida.

"Absolutely, absolutely," he said. "And a little extra cash comes in handy."

The expectation of heavier traffic has made Ashleigh Syverson more cautious.

"I pay attention to news reviews the radio to get reports about accidents and congestion," she said. "I leave extra early in the morning to where I have the extra time because I have a baby in the car so I like to make sure we are safe and cluster free as far as traffic goes."

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