Motorist Hit The Highways For Holiday Weekend

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

Friday's weather didn't stop many drivers from getting on the roads. Motorists hit the roadways Friday, some just leaving, others passing through. But there's no doubt about it, the holiday travel weekend has arrived.

"We got up about four in the morning, got the kids together, put everything in the van, then we headed out," said Najeeb Haddid.

"I think we still have about 10 hours of traveling yet still," said Ken Doan.

Law enforcement officials say with added travelers they prepare for the worst.

"We'll have extra patrols out trying to do concentrated enforcement on the highways that have a higher volume of traffic on them and also those that have a higher rate of accidents," said Trooper Barry Blair with the Kentucky State Police Post 11.

In some places along I-75, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet added warning signs reminding drivers, roads get slippery when wet.

"They should always watch out for the pooling water because hydroplaning is one of the most common things that happens," Trooper Blair said.

Traffic and slippery roads aren't the only obstacles drivers face. As with any busy travel time, gas prices are on the rise.

"It took me 34 dollars to fill up and last week it was just 23 dollars, I think," said James Sexton.

Officials at Triple-A say after the new year the demand decreases, and motorists should see gas prices level off.

Law enforcement officials say they expect the highways to get busier Friday night and drivers should expect officers to be on the roads throughout the weekend.

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