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Drivers gear up for busy weekend roadways

Drivers gear up for busy weekend roadways
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POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 2:56pm

Millions more people will be on the road this Easter weekend compared to a non-holiday. That means everything from DUIs to crash reports goes up. Police want you to know they're ready. This has some of you planning on making a change to the way you drive this weekend.

Last Easter weekend State Police say they were called to 400 reports of crashes. That's exactly why some drivers say taking to these roads on a holiday is something they try not to do.

“There's people going more distance and they're getting more frustrated - speeding and not caring where they're going,” Jess Bryan, Baton Rouge resident, said. “Makes it a lot more difficult on people like us that aren't going that far but still have to go.”

Add to that those who don't think twice before getting behind the wheel and things get even more dangerous.

“They're drinking and driving so I'm concerned about that,” Marie Morton, Baton Rouge driver, said.

Ten people died across Louisiana last Easter weekend; three of them in the Baton Rouge area. According to State Police alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt were the biggest reasons behind those crashes. It's numbers like that that keep some drivers away.

But drivers like Bryan say if everyone is patient and responsible drivers can have the good holiday safe weekend they've been looking forward to.

“I wanted to be with family and friends so I'm taking a chance today.”

Click here for more information on how to stay safe on the roads this holiday weekend.

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