Holiday travel brings more traffic accidents in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the day before Thanksgiving, they’re the busiest.

Wednesday afternoon, people are getting in their cars and hitting the road, traveling hour after hour, to places all over hoping to arrive by Thanksgiving.

“We’re from Citrus County, Florida and we are heading to Billingsley,” traveler, Stephen Simpson said.

“I’m traveling from Dothan, Alabama, and I’m going to Pensacola, Florida,” traveler, Wakisha Riddlesprigger said.

“From home to Florida was 16 and half hours,” traveler, Darrell Miller said.

With so many travelers on the roadways in the Wiregrass, heavy traffic is bringing more accidents.

“There’s a high influx of traffic that comes through Dothan,” Houston County Sheriff, Donald Valenza said. “There will be a lot of people traveling during the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so of the main factors we see are speed-related and texting while driving.”

With Dothan being a hub with so many highways intertwining inside the Circle City, travelers making their way through Dothan say the bottlenecks are unavoidable.

“Actually, until we got to Dothan, this is the first time that we’ve really seen any traffic at all,” Simpson said.

“It’s been very bad,” Riddlesprigger said. “It’s congested.”

To ensure the safety of you and your passengers, there are a few things you need to consider before you hit the road.

“Prepare a travel plan, leave a little early in case you run into some delays,” Sherriff Valenza said. “Like if you travel the interstate, and they have a wreck and it backs up you up several hours.”

The Sherriff also says the main causes of car crashes during the holidays in our area are drivers on their phones and cars trying to drive fast in congested areas.

Two things that are easily fixed by paying attention to the road.

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