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Holiday traffic returns to Maine for Memorial Day

Officials predict 978,000 vehicles on the turnpike between Friday and Monday, and even as some drivers get a head-start on the holidays, Memorial Day traffic, and enforcement, are already in place. (WGME)

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- Holiday weekend travel is upon us, with Friday one of the busiest days of the year for planes, trains and automobiles.

Officials predict 978,000 vehicles on the turnpike between Friday and Monday, and even as some drivers get a head-start on the holidays, Memorial Day traffic, and enforcement, are already in place.

The heaviest northbound traffic in Maine is expected to begin at 4 p.m. Friday, and there will be a lot of southbound traffic Monday as people leave the state.

On Route 111 in Arundel, law enforcement informed drivers, and looked for impaired drivers, in advance of an often busy weekend for OUIs.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says checkpoints like these have proven to reduce the rate of impaired driving crashes.

Holiday air travel is set to rise for the fifth straight year.

More than 3 million will flying to their holiday destination over the next three days.

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