DILLON, SC (WMBF) -
said 91% of South Carolinians traveling for the holidays chose to drive to their destinations this year, but it became more difficult than usual with Christmas Eve's wet roads.
"We're out here to have a nice time on a vacation, but right now, we're swimming all the way to Florida," said Robert Kay. South Carolina Highway Patrol Corporal Sonny Collins said there weren't any major slowdowns from the rain. Drivers who stopped at the South Carolina Welcome Center in Dillon said they still noticed a difference on the highway.
"We're in the middle of nowhere sometimes and the traffic is just stop and go, stop and go, so I think everybody's being real cautious and driving with their flashers on," Clyde Terwilliger said.
South Carolina Department of Transportation posts traffic numbers by the hour in certain parts of the state including I-95 outside of Florence, which saw about 2,000 cars going southbound and 1,700 heading northbound per hour at the peak of the afternoon on Christmas Eve.
Drivers said driving in the extra traffic and weather is worth it to spend time with family for the holidays. "It'll be worth it to see my brother's face," David Frees said. "I live in Pennsylvania. He's not expecting us so I'm going to knock on his door."