Millions of Texans to Hit the Road Over Christmas

7.5 million to go more than 50 miles from home

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:04 AM CDT
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Rain in North Texas and snow in the Panhandle have disrupted travelers and canceled plans.

Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News

Rain in North Texas and snow in the Panhandle have disrupted travelers and canceled plans.

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An industry group expects 7.5 million Texans will hit the road for the holidays. Texas troopers will be on patrol to help keep them safe.

AAA Texas on Monday predicted those travelers will go 50 miles or more from home, starting Friday, to Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. That would be a 2.6 percent increase from year-ago numbers.

AAA Texas estimates about 6.9 million Texans plan to drive to their holiday destinations.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be out in force, from Tuesday through Jan. 1 and especially during the Christmas and New Year's weekends.

Troopers, during the same period last year, made 1,264 DWI arrests, plus issued 17,436 citations for speeding. Troopers also made 1,284 felony and fugitive arrests and recovered 50 stolen vehicles.

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