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Travelers say low gas prices are the reason for holiday travels

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MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

According to Triple A, more than 93 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles for the holidays this year and according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, many are trying to get to family and friends by Christmas Day. 

With gas prices down, Lacey Stevenson took advantage of the trend and came up to the tri-states from Mississippi.  
"Because that means it would've been higher as we traveled up North.  It's $2.89 down there and $3.09 up here," Stevenson said. 

And she's not the only one taking advantage of the gas prices.  David Ferguson is traveling to Williamstown Missouri about 70 miles away, and said gas prices are like a Christmas gift.
"It's awesome because some of my kids haven't gotten to see Grandpa's grave yet and they're excited about it so it'll be a Merry Christmas for them and a Merry Christmas for Grandpa," Ferguson said. 
Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Dominick Walker said people still need to be careful driving tonight because some highways are still wet, and despite no precipitation today, drivers still need to be cautious.

"We consider it inclement weather because of the temperatures and because of the fact we have frozen precipitation on the side of the road that will throughout the day, thaw and drain and refreeze in the evening and because of that, there's more potential for traffic accidents because of those isolated areas that have frozen patches still on the road," he said.  

Trooper Walker expects a noticeable increase on the highways tonight, which is why Stevenson says she's going to wait before leaving. 

"When we came up here, the traffic was really heavy, I thought it would be a little lighter, but I know today, if we were to leave tonight, it would probably be horrible so we're going to try to stay out of that and wait and see what happens," Stevenson said.  

State Trooper Walker also said if you do get stuck or spin off the road while traveling in Missouri, dial star 55 for assistance.  

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