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Alabama's roads are expected to be crowded for New Year's

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The Christmas holiday has come and gone but Alabamians can still expect to see busy roads this weekend. New Year’s and bowl games will see more motorists on the road than in recent years. Alabama Triple-A predicts that almost one hundred and ten million people will have traveled in the U.S. over Christmas and New Year's. That's a thirty four percent increase from last year. Clay Ingram is a spokesman for AAA Alabama. He said people driving on New Year’s need to have a plan before celebrating.

“You know, make arrangements ahead of time to have a designated driver, or maybe have a place to spend the night where you don’t have to drive, or even just put a number of a taxi or Uber service in your pocket or in your phone so that when it’s time to go, you can quickly arrange for transportation.”

He said it’s important to have another person to assist the driver in a family travelling situation.

“Maybe the most important thing is to plan ahead and make sure that someone else in the vehicle other than the driver can handle the administrative duties. Handing out snacks, or answering a phone, reading the map, whatever it might be so that the driver can keep his or her focus on the road at all times.”

Ingram also said AAA with not be offering their complimentary towing service for New Year’s.

Will McLelland is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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