LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Memorial Day is one of the biggest travel days for the U.S., and local law enforcement officers said they would be in full force.
(AAA) Triple-A Auto insurance reports that nearly 38 million Americans will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, 746,000 in Wisconsin alone. The travel volume in the state is expected to go up 3.2 percent from 2018.
Deputy Nate Cibulka with the La Crosse Sheriff Department said drivers should not only keep an eye on vehicles driving ahead of them but also behind, to avoid accidents or fender benders.
Cibulka said if you are not familiar to where you are going for Memorial Day, he advises to stay in the right lane.
“Stay in the right lane just so you can take your time,” Cibulka said. “Usually we have the faster traffic going the speed limit in the left lane, and those people usually know where they are going, and know the roads better.”
Cibulka also reminds the public to start slowing down when approaching construction zones, as speeds begin to drop down.
“It’s not usually the 55 or anything like that you would expect on those normal stretches of roads,” Cibulka said.
Lt. Craig Larson with the Wisconsin State Patrol Eau Claire Post said with the heavy traffic out on the roads, there will be more troopers out to make sure everyone is staying safe.
“We plan to be out there full force with our guys. We also have Click It or Ticket mobilization going on as well,” Larson said. “So we’ll have personnel out there enforcing our seat belt laws in Wisconsin, along with any other traffic violations that they come across. And that will be partnered with our local agencies as well in the area.”
One big thing state troopers will be keeping an eye out for is speeding, tailgating, and distracted driving.
The Wisconsin DMV states reckless driving could result in severe or fatal injury, license suspension, jail time or more, depending on the violation.
Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Brandon Ferrell said he wants all drivers to be safe and have a great Memorial Day Weekend.
“We just want to have a safe summer; we want to reduce the number of crashes as much as possible,” Ferrell said. “So we’re trying to enforce those things that will help us accomplish that goal.”
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