Holiday Travel

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

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There's no place like home for the holidays, but getting there can be a dangerous task.

Today is the day before thanksgiving and it's one of the busiest travel days of the year.

With Dothan being a hub for through traffic to Florida and Georgia, roadways in the circle city are especially dangerous.

“Typically because it is such a traveled holiday throughout the Thanksgiving weekend nationwide there are much more car accidents,” said Corporal Rachel David of the Dothan Police Department.

“And although travelers are very excited and in a hurry to get home to their families for the big day tomorrow, Dothan officials say you have to remember...it's better to be safe than sorry,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.

“We encourage people to take the time to slow down. Remember to arrive alive and that's the best way to spend the holiday is with your family,” said David.

Dothan police say with all the added drivers on the roadways, they're increasing patrols.

“There are so many violations that people think are minor those are the ones we are enforcing because they are most likely to cause the accidents. Speeding, passing, texting and driving, watching a GPS…You know trying to Google your directions as you drive. These are the kind of things that need to be done well in advance.

Many drivers say the extra enforcement is necessary.

“It’s kind of scary. We have run across a couple of people that really needed to take their time and not be in such a hurry. People have been a little bit faster and driving a little bit more erratic than normal” said holiday traveler Pattie Duncan.

These guideline apply throughout the weekend.

Dothan officials say Friday, Black Friday, is another notoriously busy day on the roadways.

The increased patrolling will continue throughout the entire holiday season.

Florida state troopers are also conducting clicks it or ticket, looking for those who don't buckle up.


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