Record travel numbers expected this Memorial Day weekend

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - AAA expects a record 1.86 million drivers to be on the road this Memorial Day holiday.

That's more than a three percent increase over 2016, and the largest number for a holiday in the last 12 years.

The "Click it or Ticket" campaign runs through June 4 and Florida Highway Patrol is cracking down on those who don't buckle up.

Gulf Hammock, Florida, natives Ronnie and Carol Wright said they try to practice safe driving every day of the year.

"Wear your seat belt, don't text, don't barely talk on the phone, don't read the map while you're driving," Ronnie said.

FHP Corporal Raymond Bailey has been keeping the roads safe for 28 years.

He said it's important to slow down and be aware of those around you.

"You might get there a few minutes later, but we want you to get there safely," Bailey said.

That includes planning ahead.

"Take a little more extra time out of your schedule to plan ahead," he said. "That way in case there is a wreck or there's some congestion, you don't have to get in any hurry just to get there to your destination safely."

Ronnie said he's happy to see FHP out on the roads.

"I think it's good," he said. "I know especially in Florida, I mean so many people come here anyway, and so many people travel, you know somebody needs to slow them down because if you don't, they'll run 100 miles an hour down these roads."

Officials encourage you to make sure you buckle those in your backseat as well. They're at the highest risk for injury.