Even though Christmas is still a few days away, highways are already busy with people traveling to visit friends and family. Sergeant Eric Brown with the State Highway Patrol says this period is different, when compared with other holidays.

Often, alcohol becomes a part of Christmas parties.

Before heading out, you can also check the road conditions, by going to our website, centralmoinfo.com, and looking at the MoDOT Traveler map, which is under the community tab.