(WKBN) – It’s the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re planning on traveling, you’re not alone. It is estimated that around 60% more people will be taking the roads compared to last year, but there are some things you should know before you go.
Triple-A expects more people to travel this year.
“Lots of traffic. Lots of traffic, lots of state patrol boats, three or four at a time working together,” said traveler Bob Boley.
Which shouldn’t come as a surprise. When higher trips are expected, so too are the number of soldiers.
“So these main roads and main roads, you will see an increased presence of soldiers throughout this holiday weekend,” said Sgt. Ray Santiago, Ohio State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer.
Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and those not wearing seat belts. Even with limited travel last year, there were 20 fatal crashes over the holiday weekend.
“This is a high number for a year in which traffic has dropped dramatically,” Sgt. Santiago said.
Last year the pandemic swept across the country, so travel was definitely down. But this year should be different.
“I think everyone is exhausted from COVID. You see campers, travel trailers all over the road, ”Boley said.
Biggest tip? Planning.
“Make sure you know what time you are leaving to and from your destination to avoid some of those rush hours or when you know the traffic will be heavier than other times,” Sgt. Santiago said.
“Make sure you leave sooner or later. Do not leave during normal travel hours or at peak times if you are heading to metropolitan areas. It’s going to be a long wait for you as travel has picked up this year compared to last year, ”said Lynda Lambert of Triple-A.