Nov 21, 2012 7:28 PM by Jenise Fernandez

State Troopers on High Alert During the Busiest Travel Day of the Year

Many of you are trying to get from here to there, on the busiest travel day of the year. According to AAA, more than 40 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more between today and Sunday. That's a 0.7 increase from last year. More are expected to hit the road instead of flying. And with so many on the road, state troopers are on high alert. After five deadly car accidents across Acadiana in just four days.The first accident happened Saturday in Jeanerette, the latest, this morning in St. Martin Parish. In three of those crashes, the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Whether by road or by air, people are rushing to make it to their Thanksgiving destinations. But there are those like Darnell Norman who would rather stay home than deal with traffic.

"I'm avoiding that traffic, plus the price of gas is too high. It's better to just stay at home," said Norman.

Angela Daigle is traveling throughout Acadiana visiting friends on Thanksgivng, but she isn't expecting to hit major traffic.

"Most likely there'll be on Sunday or Saturday when a lot of people are heading back home," she added.

Trooper Stephen Hammons says state troopers will be keeping an eye out for reckless drivers, and ticketing anyone not wearing a seat belt. Even though state law allows you to use your phone while driving, troopers are asking drivers to just hang up.

"Texting is illegal. We will definitely be looking out for that," said Hammons.

Hammons says, before you leave the house, make sure you pre-plan your route to avoid getting lost and check your car to make sure it's okay to drive. He also advises drivers to drive defensively, not aggressively. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive alive.

"With more vehicles on the roadway, naturally the chances of a crash are that much higher," said Hammons.



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