Extra holiday traffic expected

Staff reports

Area Louisiana State Troopers remind motorists that added traffic will be on the roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Holiday gatherings, parties and shopping brings an increase in overall traffic, Trooper Russell Graham said. The increase also leads in more crashes.

He said an increase in crashes caused by impaired drivers historically increase during the holiday period.

Additional Troopers will be on the roadways to ensure safety, Graham said.

He emphasized that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol will not be tolerated and offenders will be arrested and brought to jail.

Troopers will also issue citations for violations, such as following too closely and careless operation, he said.

State law requires seat belt use in every position in the vehicle. Graham said Troopers will focus on unrestrained occupants and children.

Graham said drivers shold make sure they are prepared for driving long distances. He said a tired driver is an impaired driver. He recommended drivers get enough rest, share driving with others and leave early for destinations to avoid additional traffic.

Graham said drivers can report any concerns by dialing *LSP (577) on a mobile phone.