You won't be alone on Alabama's highways this Thanksgiving week. According to the AAA Motor Club, an estimated 30.6 million people nationwide, three percent more than last year, will load up the family for a holiday road trip. Of those 8.8 million will start their treks in the southeast.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety estimates that 17 people may die in traffic crashes in Alabama this year during the 102-hour travel period that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 28.
Last year, 19 people died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving period.
Colonel W.M. Coppage, Public Safety Director, said extra troopers will be assigned enforcement activities, including driver license checkpoints and increased patrols in selected areas around the state.
He said troopers and other police agencies will target drivers who violate DUI, speeding and seat belt laws.