SHERMAN, Tex. -- If you are headed out for the holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety has a warning for you. They are not just looking for drunk drivers this thanksgiving. Mystic Matthews spoke to troopers who say they will be out in full force this holiday week.
State troopers will be out this week covering the roads, especially because so many will be traveling, but they are looking for more than people drinking or speeding.
Use your blinker, pay attention to the road and buckle up. These are all warnings state troopers are giving to drivers.
“We want people to slow down, use turn signals and most of all, if you drink, make sure you get a driver,” Texas State Trooper Rebecca Uresti says.
Troopers say there will be a lot of people out on the road, so this time more than ever, pay attention and be courteous to others sharing the highway.
So far, some drivers say the traffic hasn't been bad, but it’s early.
“It’s a little congested going through Fort Worth, just three lanes going down to two, but other than that, it hasn't been bad." holiday traveler Jerry Pyle says.
Gas prices may be up, but the roads prove that isn't stopping everybody. AAA’s surveys indicate a record 38.7 million U.S. residents will travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving.
“You know, excited about it. Not thrilled about the price of gas but other than that, this is the time of year people travel, so we're traveling." Pyle says.
But be careful, Texas troopers wrote almost 17,000 speeding tickets last year.
“Absolutely, every available trooper working, we don't get time off. We are definitely out working. More cars, more tickets," she says
If you are still planning on leaving for Thanksgiving, give yourself plenty of time so you don't have to hurry, and as Trooper Uresti says- be nice on the road!