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Holiday drivers facing multiple road hazards

December 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
With the rain making roads slick and visibility worse during the heavy holiday traffic this weekend, drivers must be extra cautious. The Los Angeles Police Department was out in force Friday looking for drunk drivers as well.With all of these factors, some people say they are choosing to spend the upcoming holiday at home while others say they'll hit the road no matter what.

The steady drizzle that fell on Hollywood Friday was exactly what Sebastian Butler had been hoping for - he was selling umbrellas on the Walk of Fame and business was good.

"I'm trying to get some extra Christmas money," he said. "It's a recession right now. I'm trying to weather the storm like everybody else."

But the rain was bad news for drivers caught in the Friday commute as even a light drizzle contributed to some serious sig alerts.

"It's been terrible, like bumper to bumper. It's like you're parked on the freeway," said Jose Molina.

The rain will be sticking around into next week just as millions of Southern Californians are headed home for the holidays, so drivers should expect more gridlock.

The Auto Club of Southern California is predicting a 3 percent increase in road travel this holiday over last. Six million are expected to travel on trips of 50 miles or more.

Gas prices are averaging $3.30 in a Los Angeles, a record for 2010. As for DUI checkpoints, the LAPD said there will be more of them popping up throughout the holiday season.