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Millions of Travelers Expected This Memorial Day Weekend

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Nationally, AAA projects 34.8 million people to hit the road during the next four or five days.

More than 2.6 million Mountain West residents will travel 50 miles or more.

"A lot of vehicular traffic on the freeways, this time of the year," Trooper Chuck Allen, Nevada Highway Patrol said. "We've already seen traffic picking up as early as this morning. So, a lot of people may be planning a four or possibly a five-day weekend."

When it comes to our roads the increased traffic doesn't just mean more cars.

We can also expect to see more vehicles of the two-wheeled variety.

"Sometimes, motorcyclists can hide in your blind spots," Allen said. "So, just double-check your lane changes, especially now that the warm weather is here an more motorcyclists will be out on our roadways."

With so many people taking advantage of the holiday weekend, Allen says there could be a higher number of drunk drivers.

"If you're going to consume any amount of alcohol, this weekend, designate a safe and sober driver, stay at home, stay at the campground, stay at the hotel," Allen said. "But don't get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drive."

Drunk drivers aren't limited to the roads.

It's also illegal to operate a boat or other watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Whether you're on the water or the freeway, officials are asking everyone to do their part to stay safe this weekend.

"It only takes one accident to affect the lives of one family, forever," Allen said. "With the increased volume of travelers expected on our freeway system, this weekend, let's make it a three-day Memorial Day weekend that's very safe for all."

Officials say to be prepared for more RVs and campers on the roads this weekend, too.

If you're pulling a trailer, they say make sure to check your hitch, and always have a spotter if you're backing up.

Written by Paul Nelson
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