SAN DIEGO — With all the rain headed our way on this busy travel day, there will no doubt be issues on the roads.
News 8 Neda Iranpour hit the road on Wednesday morning to see how traffic was stacking up. They went everywhere from the south to the north and then covered parts of the east county.
California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to leave early in order to get to their destination on time. CHP officer Jake Sanchez said, “anytime you are driving fast in the rain, it is a recipe for disaster.”
News 8 did a ride along with CHP before the storm. Officer Sanchez says the holiday also means more cars on the road. The day before Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest travel days of the year and when you add the rain to the mix it makes for even more dangerous conditions.
Sanchez says on an average day CHP responds to around 75 crashes in San Diego County, but on a rainy or bad weather today that number jumps to 300-400.
The CHP will be focusing enforcement on Interstate 5 from the border to Orange County and Interstate 8 from San Diego to the Arizona border.
Their Maximum Enforcement period starts at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday through noon Sunday.
CHP will enforce traffic safety laws throughout the state, actively looking for unsafe driving practices, including seat belt violations, speed, distracted driving and, of course, signs of impairment.
In most major cities on the day before thanksgiving, the worst time to hit the road is between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. so plan accordingly!