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Expect crowded roads this holiday, LSP want you to drive safe

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AAA expects the number of year-end holiday motorists to reach nearly 86 million this year. Louisiana State Police urge you to be extra careful on the crowded roads, not only during the drive to your holiday destination but always.

"We want everybody to get there safely," Officer Brett Davis, with Troop G, said.

Davis says it's Louisiana state law to move over a lane when another motorist, police or emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. He says several drivers ignore this basic rule but should keep a lookout for stopped cars.

"That's the main key. Pay attention out there," Davis said. "Don't follow too close. A lot of times you can't see the lights if you follow too close."

If you can't get into another lane, simply slow down.

"We're not asking you to slow down to a stop on the interstate, but we're asking you to slow down to where it's safe," Davis said. "In case something was to happen, you'll be able to maneuver without maybe hitting somebody."

With lots of cars on the road, Davis says don't follow other cars too closely, don't drive too fast and get rid of distractions.

"If it takes you a few extra minutes to get where you are going," Davis said. "It's just a few extra minutes. It's not worth your life. It's not worth someone else's life. Just be patient, pay attention."

Davis also reminds drivers to move any damaged cars that are still mobile off the roadway.

 

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