BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — If you’re taking a road trip for Thanksgiving, get ready to expect more traffic than usual. According to AAA, nearly 48 million people will be on the road.
Louisiana State Police want you to know troopers are not going to be on Thanksgiving break. They’re doing everything to keep you safe.
“Thanksgiving holiday up until Christmas holiday is the busiest travel times in the state of Louisiana. There is an influx of out of state as well as our residents traveling across the state to see family members,” said Taylor Scrantz, Louisiana State Police public information officer.
Scrantz said drunk driving is an issue year-round, but it is the holiday season when these crashes begin to spike.
“Just over the weekend, we had seven people killed in south Louisiana. In Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, and both crashes resulted in impaired drivers,” he said.
AAA predicts 2021 holiday travel will reach near pre-pandemic levels.
The busiest time on the road will be Wednesday between noon and 8 p.m.
The number one cause of fatal crashes in Louisiana is due to not wearing a seatbelt. Scrantz said troopers are doing what they can to keep you safe, but drivers must make responsible decisions.
“If you do plan on consuming alcohol or going out to the bars, please have a plan in place,” he said.
Louisiana State Police is providing the following tips ahead of Thanksgiving weekend:
- Prepare in advance to sit in traffic on state highways
- Dial *577 or *LSP to report reckless driving
- If drinking, ensure you have a designated driver or utilize taxi, Uber or Lyft
- Remember ‘Click it, or Ticket’