Traffic Talk: Holiday travel brings heavier traffic, more law enforcement to Oklahoma roads
Don Gammill: If you've been traveling during the Labor Day weekend, you most likely noticed an increased presence of law enforcement as officers, deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol personnel work to keep you safe.
Happy Labor Day, everyone. If you have the day off, here's hoping you'll get to enjoy it. And if you're behind the wheel of a vehicle, a boat, or the controls of an aircraft, please be careful.
If you've been traveling during the weekend, you most likely noticed an increased presence of law enforcement as officers, deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol personnel work to keep you safe. They're watching for those who have pushed the limits on celebrating, on speed, on other traffic and boating laws.
You also may have seen crews working on construction or repairs of our thoroughfares.
You certainly have encountered heavier traffic if you've been on one of the main highways in Oklahoma. AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said last week that an estimated 386,000 people in our state were expected to make a trip of 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, which began Thursday and ends this evening.
That puts Labor Day between Memorial Day and Independence Day in terms of total travelers on the highways, about what you would expect if you kept track of yearly usage during holidays.
For those who cross state lines on their trips, weather could be a concern, particularly if you were heading east or southeast, where Hurricane Isaac was affecting conditions. But overall, travelers could expect average weather for this time of year was expected.
There are, of course, other things to consider.
I have a Pikepass and use it regularly. I know our Pikepass doesn't work in other states, but is it possible that could ever change? I've heard there are other toll-road systems where you can travel into other states and use the same equipment. It would seem that would be most convenient.
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