NCDOT, AAA say millions in NC expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As Christmas quickly approaches, nearly 3 million North Carolinians will be hitting the road to celebrate with loved ones.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and AAA are asking drivers to leave early, be alert and stay patient this week.

“First and foremost, regardless of if you’re going for the holidays or any other time, it’s your job to pay attention and be safe on the road,” said Ginny Inman, NCDOT.

Drivers won’t have to worry too much about construction projects slowing them down. Most work is suspended around this time of the year, including Raleigh’s Project Fortify.

“Fortify activities, all the work is suspended from Dec. 24-27. Right now we’re in a three-lane holding pattern, travel pattern down eight and a half miles on I-40 and it’s going to stay that way until this spring,” said Inman.

But keep in mind Highway Patrol will be enforcing its “Booze it and Loose it” campaign.

“It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year so we want to make sure everybody’s out there driving distracted, and especially don’t drink and drive,” said Inman.

The lowest gas prices in seven years are also pushing people out the door this holiday. The average for a gallon of gas in North Carolina is just $1.97.

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