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Officials anticipate heavy travel this Memorial Day weekend

AAA expects more than 37 million people will traveling 50 miles or more, while the PA Turnpike Commission anticipates 2.1 million drivers on the roads

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — Your Memorial Day weekend may include barbeques, dinner outings, and maybe even a trip outside of your area.

Whatever those plans may be, travel experts are providing safety tips to keep you safe before heading out as more than 37 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend. 

"There's a lot of people that have that pent-up demand and excitement around travel," said Doni Lee Spiegel, public relations manager for AAA Central Penn.

Spiegel says the number of people expected to travel this weekend is a 60% increase from this past year where only 23 million people traveled.

Because of this, AAA  is advising people to avoid big crowds.

"Give yourself some extra time to travel, if you have some folks traveling with you, extra snacks and water to prevent people from going into stores and having engagement with other people," she said.

FOX43 spoke to people who expect to travel this weekend and they say they are prepared and not worried.

"People are getting more comfortable with the vaccination, getting comfortable going out and still adhering to the social distancing protocols, so I think we'll be fine," said Bob West.

Other people say they plan on staying home and continue to follow CDC guidelines.

"Keeping my sanitizer, mask up, still following the rules," said Salona Brown of Harrisburg.

As AAA provides safety tips for those traveling outside their respective areas, the PA Turnpike Commission is cautioning those who will be on the roads because they project more than 2.1 million people will be on the turnpike.

In a press release the commission stated in part:

"Be alert to your speed and what is happening on, and along the roadway. Speeding coupled with distracted driving is a highly dangerous combination that unfortunately, we are now seeing as a more frequent occurrence.”

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