Busiest travel day of the year starts this morning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/09

Busiest travel day of the year starts this morning

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This morning we start the busiest travel day of the year. After a sharp drop last year, AAA expects more people will head out of town this year.

TSA Agents at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport expect quite a few people to pass through security lines today.  This is the time of year when folks who don't fly as often head to the airport, so we have some tips to make your experience easier.

If you're checking a bag, the easiest thing to do is put all liquids in your checked bag.  If you're carrying-on, remember 3-1-1.  Here are the rules:

  • 3 ounce bottle or less for all liquids, gels and aerosols; placed in a
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag to hold all small bottles;
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a screening bin

Larger quantities of breast milk/baby formula and medically necessary liquids are permitted but must be presented to an officer for further inspection. For more information on traveling with medically necessary liquids, click here.

Agents also recommend wearing shoes you can take off easily, and as always, they say your best bet is to arrive early. If you get to the airport and have a question, just look for any TSA Agent. "Our people spent a great deal of this past year in training and became more engaged with the traveling public. So, they're anxious to become more engages and answer questions, because not only do we want to deliver world class security, we also want to deliver a world class level of customer service," Assistant Federal Security Director Ron Thornton said. 

AAA expects more people to hit the road than take to the air this weekend. That's why all available DPS Troopers will be patrolling highways looking for speeders, drunk drivers, and those not wearing seat belts.

When you're packing the car for your annual Thanksgiving trip, be sure to pack your patience and drive safely by obeying all traffic laws.

"Please drive carefully. Crashes can happen in just a second, so pay attention," David Baker, assistant director for the Texas Highway Patrol said. "We want everyone to arrive safely this weekend. Be patient, slow down and drive sober," Baker continued.

During the Wednesday through Sunday Thanksgiving period last year, DPS troopers wrote 5,322 citations for speeding and made 252 arrests for driving while intoxicated. They wrote 562 citations for seatbelt violations and 257 for child restraint violations.

Troopers are participating in Operation CARE—Combined Accident Reduction Effort—a nationwide effort by police agencies to reduce fatalities on major interstate highways during holiday weekends.

DPS expects a large number of travelers on the road and encourages drivers to leave themselves plenty of time to get where they're going. Avoid bad driving habits that lead to road rage, such as:

  • Not using turn signals
  • Driving in the passing lane
  • Tailgating, flashing lights or honking
  • Using high beams in traffic
  • Not allowing adequate time for a given trip.

When confronted with aggressive drivers, the DPS recommends that you: 

  1. Put your pride in the back seat and move aside.
  2. Do not speed up, block lanes, slam or tap on brakes.
  3. Report extreme cases of reckless driving to the appropriate authorities when the incident occurs.
  4. Do not retaliate, gesture or make eye contact.
  5. Make sure everyone is buckled up.

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