ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Ahead of heavy rain showers and winds projected for our area, the Georgia State Patrol said there's not as many travelers on the roads during this holiday weekend.
"So far I think this attributed to the weather and gas prices being so high, it seems that in our area of the state, traffic has been down some," said Trooper Christopher Jewell, GSP Post 40.
Georgia State Patrol said for the first time in years, streets and highways in Albany have been less crowded for a memorial day weekend. Troopers believe the weather is to blame.
"Traditionally on the Monday which is the travel day everybody is coming back trying to get home on a long weekend, we do see an increase in traffic, however with this weather the way it is, it seems not as many people are traveling this year," said Jewell.
Troopers said low travel numbers is a good thing creating less opportunities for crashes.
"However with the bad weather, that could be another factor to increase the amount of crashes and the traffic events that we see," said Jewell.
So those who plan to go out, there are some things you should know.
"The conditions will be more dangerous for those on the road. With these flash floodings and chances of high winds and also got trees that have already started fallen because the ground we saw from the previous rain this week and it's only going to get worst," said Jewell.
GSP said it's important to not be distracted any time but especially during bad weather. They said you must pay close attention to the roads.
"People who are on the road, need to be more careful and pay attention to what they're doing and come up with an alternate plan and alternate routes if they do encounter flash flooding and not to risk it and turn around and go the opposite direction," said Jewell.
Troopers said it's best to stay off the road completely but if you're in a car during these flash floods, it's best to pull over and wait for the rain to pass before you continue driving.