By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Be sure to take extra helpings of patience and lay off the districted driving on your way to Thanksgiving. Today is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year.
The AAA Thanksgiving forecast predicts 2.6 million travelers across the Southeast and some 43.6 million around the country will be on the move for Thanksgiving. Roughly 90 percent are expected to go by car.
“We’re anticipating a heavy volume of traffic with holiday travel this year and troopers will be out in force,” said Col. Donnell Berry, director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The Mississippi State Highway Patrol will have extra troopers on state highways starting at 6 p.m. tonight. They will focus on checkpoints and road patrols to catch impaired and distracted driving and speeding, along with other violations that put motorists at risk through the holiday period that ends at midnight Sunday.
In 2011, troopers investigated nearly 200 accidents on state highways and two people died. MHP handed out nearly 5,000 citations and arrested 113 people on DUI charges.
Fortunately for travelers, the weather should not complicate Thanksgiving trips by land or air in the region.
Across the Mid-South, the National Weather Service is forecasting primarily tranquil weather through Sunday, with only a 20 percent chance of showers associated with a cold front on Friday.