More than a quarter of Georgians are hitting the roads for the holidays in the next couple of weeks, prompted by low gas prices and high airfares. That’s 2.5 million Georgians who plan to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays, a slight increase over last year.
Forecasts for a white Christmas may be keeping last minute shoppers and travelers off the road. State officials say traffic across Georgia has been calm and free of congestion. Local county police departments that braced for an onslaught of crowds were surprised as the roads remain clear.
The Georgia State Patrol has asked troopers to use less gas in an effort to deal with budget cuts while avoiding furloughs. That means fewer cars out on patrol during the busy holiday travel season. That won’t be the case for the state patrol’s motorcycle unit.