The holiday travel period is officially underway and that means extra State Troopers are on the highways. Alabama’s Traffic Safety Blitz will run through January 2nd. 94.5 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles for the holidays. AAA estimates travelers will leave home for holidays this weekend through January 1. Motorists can anticipate heavy traffic through the New Year. The economy is on the mend, unemployment is on the decline and fuel prices have dropped for more than two months, setting the stage for the busiest holiday travel period in history. Travel across the U.S. is expected to reach its highest level in six years, according to the Auto Club.