Baton Rouge Police assist Interstate holiday traffic flow

Baton Rouge Police try to lessen post-holiday traffic congestion

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Most of America's nearly 47 million Thanksgiving travelers headed home Sunday.

In the Capital City, for Baton Rouge Police, that meant time to get to work patrolling the city's interstates.

"Our mission here today is to get everyone home as quickly and safely as possible," said Sgt. Todd Bourgoyne.

Eight officers like Sgt. Bourgoyne and Sgt. James Pittman worked overtime Sunday, helping the traffic flow by clearing wrecks and helping anyone after breaking down.

"As everyone knows in Baton Rouge, the traffic can turn bad in a short amount of time," said Sgt. Pittman.

And it did Sunday along major stretches of I-10 West.

The idea came to be last year when BRPD noticed a lot of traffic incidents the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

"We saw that there was a need, with cars running out of gas, with crashes on the interstate, stalled vehicles, people having flat tires," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.

Officers say they worked 80 such incidents last year.

"If there's anything we've learned, it's that one incident breeds another," said Sgt. Bourgoyne. "Everyone knows if there's a crash, or any type of incident, it blocks the roadway and others are going to come to follow."

TripAdvisor says nearly two-thirds of travelers drove for Thanksgiving this year.

The other third flew to their destinations.

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