41 million people expected to travel nation’s highways this Thanksgiving; STGnews Videocast

Traffic on Interstate 15 passing through St. George, Utah, Nov. 25, 2014 | Photo by Melissa Anderson, St. George News and KCSG

ST. GEORGE – A record number of people are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to AAA Travel. An estimated 46 million Americans are expected to celebrate Thanksgiving away from home – the most since 2007, and with gas prices being the lowest in five years, more than 41 million people are are expected to travel the nations highways.

The Utah Highway Patrol will be out in full-force enforcing traffic laws to help keep the roadways safe. However, it’s up to all drivers to follow the rules for safe travel.

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Videocast by Melissa Anderson, St. George News and KCSG

The No. 1 safety tip is to buckle up. Travelers are also expected to obey speed limits and to move over for emergency response vehicles.

UHP troopers are warning drivers not to drink and drive. They also discourage the use of mobile devices which can distract drivers from watching the road.

The holidays are among the busiest times of the year for travelers in Southern Utah and especially Washington County, UHP officials said.

One of the things we like to do is give travel tips,” UHP Sgt. Danny Ferguson said. “Some of those tips include wearing seat belts. It is a law in the state of Utah that you wear your seat belt and obviously, we consider it a lifesaver.”

Ferguson also said speeding is the No. 1 contributor to accidents along the 42 mile-stretch of highway that passes through the county. That’s why troopers pull over those breaking the speed limit, he said.

Drivers should also only drive as fast as the conditions allow, despite what the speed limit is.

“It’s a fact that you can be driving 35 miles an hour in a posted 80 mile-an-hour zone and you could be driving 30 miles an hour too fast for the conditions.” Ferguson said. “You need to adjust the speed for the conditions around you.”

Fatigued driving is another factor in car accidents, Ferguson added. He suggested getting plenty of rest before traveling. He also suggests packing emergency equipment in case your vehicle breaks down in inclement weather.

The UHP cautions all drivers to play it safe, obey all rules, and give yourself plenty of time to get to and from your destination so you and your family may arrive alive.

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  • koolaid November 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    This could mean about 20,500,000 accidents will happen in St George

  • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    And thats just the first day

  • Billy Madison November 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

    KOOLAID has it right, but I would guess a higher number.

  • S. Carter November 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The most dangerous places to drive thru in America:

    1) The Gorge
    2) River Road
    3) Boulevard
    4) Any roundabout in St George

    • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Yeah they have a 911 flight for life and rescue team to go into the roundabouts and rescue lost people

  • Zonkerb November 28, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Oh you forgot. the smiths food king parking lot

  • Joanna November 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Safe travels to all of you braving the traffic!

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