Traffic was already building on I-10 early Friday afternoon. Labor Day weekend is a time to practice patience when traveling. Along with crowded roads, there will also be a noticeable police presence this three-day weekend.
"We're going to have extra patrols out, just for awareness and any traffic violations and to make sure everybody's driving safely," Biloxi Police Officer Mike Shauger said. "And we're going to concentrate on the 'Click-It or Ticket' program we had on the 4th of July weekend. We're going to do that again this weekend."
Lt. Shauger says there may be four to five times the amount of normal traffic on coast roadways this weekend.
"People are in a hurry to get where they're going. There's a lot of traffic. Be patient. Take your time. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going, and you'll be in a lot better mood when you get there."
Prices at the pump won't do much for a traveler's mood. Steve Salanon is headed from Texas to Alabama. He's not surprised at the recent spike in gas prices. And he adds that oil companies raise prices just before holidays on purpose.
If you plan on traveling this holiday weekend, you will certainly not be alone. The AAA motor club estimates 33 million Americans will hit the road this holiday weekend. And while the vast majority will reach their destination safely, the National Safety Council estimates there will be nearly 500 traffic fatalities over the holiday.