Busy weekend ahead as people travel for Christmas

Busy weekend ahead as people travel for Christmas

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Christmas falls on a Monday this year and is causing busy roads and skies.

Drivers at  Groome Transportation loaded vans full of people trying to get to the Atlanta airport today.

One traveler tells how she avoids any craziness while trying to get to her family.

"I usually fly early in the morning so there's not many delays," says Barbara Wagner. "I come from Rochester, NY to Atlanta straight through. And you just must be aware of your surroundings every minute, just keep alert because you never know."

"I currently live in New Orleans so I usually drive, it's really not a problem," Taylor Buckner says. "I have a couple days early to come and beat the traffic so I'm used to it.

AAA is predicting that 2.8 million Georgians will travel on the roadways, which is almost three percent higher than last year.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is reminding those who are hitting the roads to obey traffic laws, be proactive and follow the speed limit, allow yourself a little extra time, and most importantly, buckle up.

"Even in the worst accident, there's room in there that's designed and engineered there for you to survive," says Col. McDonough.  "But to keep you in that space you have to wear your seatbelt."

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