Not only is the Thanksgiving travel Holiday the busiest of the year, it's also the deadliest on the roadways. Sgt. Nick Manale with State Police says during the five days over Thanksgiving week last year, thirteen people were killed and 666 were injured in Louisiana highway crashes.
"Of course that's nothing anyone wants to see," Manale says. "During the Holidays we're supposed to be spending time with our families, not dealing with tragic accidents."
Manale says patrols are stepped up throughout every end of the state to be on the lookout for those who may be making the roadways unsafe for themselves and others.
"Those behaviors include driving while distracted, impaired and everything that makes situations dangerous behind the wheel," Manale says.
The US Department of Transportation estimates about 90 percent of Thanksgiving travel is by motor vehicle and the number of long-distance car trips more than doubles during the Holiday.
Manale says increased enforcement on the roads means seatbelt and DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols looking for key roadway dangers.