According to the American Automobile Association the best way to avoid the holiday travel rush is to simply plan around the two busiest travel days of the year, December 24th and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but sometimes avoiding travel today can be unavoidable. 43.4 million Americans, that's the number of people that are going to be traveling this Wednesday according to the AAA 2013 Travel Forecast. Of those 43 million people 90% are going to be taking to the roads and the effects of that many travelers on the road can be felt here in the Panhandle.
According to the AAA Holiday Forecast the day before Thanksgiving travelers will average 601 miles on the road. For officers, that calls for additional wheels on the pavement to ensure for a good day and night of travel.
Florida Highway Patrol, Rick Warden, makes certain the roads are a top priority. "Even our office personnel will be assigned roadway duties, so that we have no one working inside offices. Everyone will be concentrating on our efforts on the roadways and assisting with the movement of traffic."
With roads secured with extra officers it's up to the drivers to make good travel decisions. Be cautious of other drivers, make sure to follow speed limits and follow all proper driving procedures. Warden also recommends drivers keep the radio low and limit distractions within the car.