JEFFERSON COUNTY - Thousands across our state are taking road trips this Labor Day weekend and higher gas prices are not stopping them.
Even though gas prices are higher now compared to a week ago, they are still lower than last year's prices.
With more people on the road this weekend, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is picking up patrols.
Deputy Marcus McLellan said officers in special patrols this weekend are looking for people suspected of being under the influence, not having seat belts on or people who are speeding.
“If you have been drinking, think twice before you drive,” said Deputy McLellan. “If you're driving, but you haven't been drinking and you get a text or a phone call, wait until you pull on the side of the road or wait until you get somewhere else so that everyone can arrive safely."
Despite the gas prices, drivers we spoke with do not plan on cancelling their trips.
“What can we do?” said Delores Smith, who was filling up in Beaumont, who said she would be traveling to Houston. “What is it that we can do? Because we have to have gas in order to travel in order to go anywhere.”
Be careful on the road – the National Safety Council said fatal vehicle accidents are up 9 percent over last year.
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