SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - According to AAA, an estimated 37.2 million Americans were expected to travel this past Memorial Day weekend, and Corporal Benjamin Seibert with the Mississippi Highway Patrol feels like those traveling through South Mississippi played it safe on the roads this year.
"During these holiday periods, the last two of them, we've had lower DUI's then we do on a normal Saturday night," said Corporal Benjamin Seibert.
A wet start to Memorial Day did cause for some traffic congestion and a few accidents, but fortunately no fatalities were recorded this weekend. Corporal Seibert said the biggest problem he has seen this weekend has to do with drivers rubber necking while they are working an accident.
"We had another wreck we were working in the rain last week and people were slowing down to look at us. Because it was raining people couldn't see through the water droplets on their side glass they were rolling down their side glass to get a better look," said Seibert.
The Click It or Ticket campaign enforcement which started in early May was in full effect during the holiday weekend, and had officers out looking to bust seat belt violators.
"Over the past three days, we've issued 29 citations for unrestrained drivers," said Seibert.
Gas prices were nearly a dollar lower than they were this time last year. That's the reason one driver and his family decided to hit the road.
"The first thing is the gas prices are cheaper. Second, is it's a holiday it's a long weekend. So we have Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. So, I think that's it," said driver Abhisek Razput.
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