Spring Break Traffic

Universities and high schools across the U.S. are releasing students for spring break, but law enforcement officials say spring breakers aren't braking on the roadways. Instead, they are speeding towards their destination.

The winter jackets and sweaters are going to the back of the closets and many students are driving to the Sunshine State for spring break. Officials say they know students are going to speed and that's why they'll have more patrolmen on the streets.

Law enforcement officials say with high school and universities releasing for spring break, the traffic on the state roads has increased dramatically and they are doing everything they can to keep the students safe and the traffic flowing.

"For some reason these students feel like they have to drive wide open to get to Florida, like they are going to close the gate or something. We have a real big problem with speeders and sometimes we have impaired drivers, so what we are trying to do is have an increased presence in the interstate to show that we are out there and we are going to slow you down and not to be drinking and driving and driving reckless like we've seen in the past," says CPL Brian Gay of the Georgia Highway Patrol.

Many students say although spring break is all about having fun, they know they have to abide by the law.

"Basically try to maintain the speed limit. Make sure everybody is buckled up. Make sure nobody is tired. No drinking until we get to the room. Once we get to Daytona then we are going to start partying. We aren't going to drive, we’re just going to walk around and have a good time," says Craig Battle, a spring break traveler.

And hopefully having a good time will drive lawbreakers to the curb and students home safe. Georgia Highway Patrol officials say there haven't been many accidents to report, but there has been a big volume of traffic on I-75.