AAA predicts busy holiday travel weekend; LSP to step up patrols

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - AAA predicts more than 50 million Americans will be taking to the skies or roads to travel home for Thanksgiving.

However, it was a surprisingly slow day for Marian Rome, who is a Lyft and Uber driver.

"Today I thought it would be super busy at the airport, and I sat out. It was probably about two hours and 45 minutes waiting for a ride to the city, and the city's like nothing right now," Rome said.

This holiday weekend is especially important to Rome who was banking on a big turnout because she drives for the rideshare companies for a living.

"It's kind of a disappointing day," Rome said.

Justin Bush and his family stopped to pump gas before heading to Houston to spend the holiday with his family, a drive he said takes about six hours.

"Taking toll roads in Houston it cuts down on traffic too, so I'm not too concerned about it. I think traffic later today will get worse, but leaving where we are now I think we're alright," Bush said.

Louisiana State Police will also step up patrols.

"There's going to be an increased amount of traffic. Last year, seven people were killed during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and we really don't want to have to do those death and notifications this weekend," Louisiana State Police Trooper Melissa Matey said.

Matey said the main causes for fatal crashes are distracted driving, driving under the influence or driving without seat belts on.

"We ask that people buckle up. You will have troopers around the state that are going to be looking for those impaired drivers, those people that aren't properly buckled and the ones that don't have their children in the proper car restraint, and also the ones that are distracted behind the wheel," Matey said.

She also encourages those who see unsafe driving to report it to police.

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