As Memorial Day traffic grows, so does law enforcement

As Memorial Day traffic grows, so does law enforcement

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Summer vacation is here, and so is the traffic. The volume of Memorial Day travel is expected to be the second-highest on record. AAA expects about 34 million people to be on the road during the weekend. That's about 700,000 more than last year.

But it doesn't worry those who need to get away fast.

"I teach kindergarten," Sarah Rollins of Gulfport said. "So, we are ready to go."

She and her family are headed to Gulf Shores, an annual trip everyone looks forward to.

"My husband likes to start fishing on June 1."

But the threat of heavy traffic is on her mind.

"It's definitely more difficult travel, especially coming home," she said. "After the weekend, we definitely get a lot of travel difficulties then, and we have to be super careful, especially with kids in the car."

Rachel Anderson of Gulfport is headed to Hattiesburg. Not a long trip, but dangerous enough.

"As long as everybody's aware and keeping their head up and not drinking and driving and texting and driving, I think everything should be good."

Those will be among the traffic violations the Mississippi Highway Patrol will be looking for during the travel enforcement period that lasts until midnight Monday.

"This is probably the most dangerous holiday weekend we have. It's the first weekend, the first big weekend for the summer," said Trooper Chase Elkins, public information officer for the MHP. "Kids are just getting out of school, colleges are shutting down. So a lot of families and drivers are looking for somewhere to go and something to do."

Bethany Adams of Hattiesburg is willing to go through the pain to get to paradise. In her case: Florida.

"We know there's going to be traffic," she said. "We know that we're going to be hitting it, but really we're just excited to get to the beach. So we're willing to brave the traffic to get out there and go enjoy our holiday weekend."

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