One of the busiest travel weeks of the year is getting under way. Roadways were beginning to get crowded already today and the crowds are only expected to get bigger. AAA predicts nearly 44 million Texans will travel on our highways at least fifty miles for Thanksgiving this year. That's up from last year. So the biggest concern for Texas Department of Public Safety is making sure every one gets to their destination and home again.
Marilyn Youngblood is traveling with her mother and son to be with family in New Orleans for thanksgiving, "I'm originally from New Orleans, but I've been relocated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina, but I'm going back home. There's no place like home."
DPS is reminding everyone to be safe so you do make it back home. When you are hitting the road, minimize your distractions, put those cell phones away so you are not tempted to text and make sure everyone in the car has their seatbelts on. Last year 46% of the people killed in fatal crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
And even though we are expecting good weather here, you need to be prepared for anything you may encounter on the road. Trooper Stephanie Davis with DPS says, "Use common sense. We'll be looking for obviously those who are impaired. We'll also be looking for drivers who are not buckled in and drivers who don't have their child in the proper child restraints."
Marilyn Youngblood and her family are playing it safe too stopping often, She tells 12 News HD, I left early so we just stop and we're taking our time. We're not in a hurry."
According to DPS statistics, this holiday weekend last year resulted in 27 holiday fatal crashes. 28 people never saw their families because they died in those crashes.
The message; enjoy good food and good fun but do what you need to do to make sure you make it home safe to see your family this holiday.