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NHP Prepares for Congested Roadways this Holiday Season

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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement as more people are hitting the highways this holiday season. 

Sergeant Kevin Honea said Nevada Highway Patrol officials have been ramping up enforcement since the start of the holiday season. Fifteen troopers will be added from Dec. 28th to Jan. 3rd for every shift looking for drunk drivers and speeders. 

"Thanksgiving usually sees an increase of people traveling to see their families, Christmas obviously more so, and then New Year's Eve Las Vegas is a big destination for people," Honea said.

More vehicles on the road can cause more congestion, longer travel times, and often frustrate drivers.

The holiday road travel has increased with the price of gas going down to $3.18 for a gallon of regular, according to AAA.

But you can get it for even cheaper, Smarty's Gas Mart is selling for $2.99 where several travelers said the price of gas wouldn't have changed their plans, but are thrilled to pay below three dollars a gallon. 

"This was planned awhile back, my son has this week off, got to get to Las Vegas," said Geena Stagnaro who is visiting this weekend. "I get to see my friends and stay in their house, I was on the strip one night, and I was ready to scream."

AAA said the average mountain west family road trip will be about 1,000 miles this holiday season.

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