Police report no major holiday travel issues on the roads

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
Troopers monitored traffic on I-75 and were prepared for any problems.

Cars fill the highway in San Diego Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. About 42.5 million people are expected to travel over Thanksgiving, the highest number since the start of the recession, according to a recent study. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Police report no major problems so far on I-75 in Southeastern Kentucky. They say traffic was actually light and more like a regular Wednesday.

Beryl Nease was driving from Indianapolis to Columbia, South Carolina. He said he had no problem on the Kentucky roadways.

"Today is really, really slack. The roads are real nice to travel today," said Nease.

Troopers monitored traffic on I-75 and were prepared for any problems.
"We're seeing about the same as we would any normal Wednesday right now. No reports of back-ups or any auto collisions at this point," said Trooper John Barnett.

Troopers believe the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year might be the reason for the lighter interstate traffic.

"I think it probably does, most people only have one day off. It really can cutback on how much you can travel," said Trooper Barnett.

While officials say traffic is not quite normal for Independence Day, they are still patrolling and treating this like holiday travel.

"We just hope people make good decisions and get where they need to go safely," said Trooper Barnett.

Troopers say traffic typically does pick-up in the evening and night hours of the July 4th holiday, so they ask drivers to be careful, buckle up, and follow the speed limit.

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