(BANGOR) – Memorial day weekend is now upon us and law enforcement across the state are reminding you to be safe as you travel the roadways.
Millions are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend, which is one of the busiest travel weekend in the year.
Triple AAA is projecting this year to be the highest travel volume in ten years with a 4.7 percent increase from last years 35.5 million travelers to 37 million this year. They say people will travel 50 miles or more beginning today until Monday.
Lower gas prices also attribute to the uptick with Mainer’s expected to pay a $1.07 less than this time last year. Air travel is also expected to increase, but boat, train, and bus is expected to decrease.
Maine deputies, sheriff’s, and police will pick up patrol, cracking down, and not taking any excuses for reckless driving.
“We will have extra patrol officers out, all throughout the weekend, enforcing motor vehicle laws. We’ll be on the interstate, as well as, secondary roads and focusing on violations of speed and OUI, said Maine State Police Sergeant Alden Bustard.
This holiday also comes in time of the state of Maine’s law enforcement initiative to crack down those not wearing his or her seat belt. That campaign is “Ticket or Click it” which already has a greater number of patrol on Maine roads.
“We pretty much have a zero tolerance for seat belt violations and safety seat violations. If you aren’t wearing a seat belt, chances are, you will get a ticket.”said, Sgt. Bustard.
He reminds everyone to take it slow and to leave plenty of room in between cars.