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Hundreds of thousands of drivers hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

FILE - Traffic on I-95 (WGME)

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- Hundreds of thousands of people will hit the road and travel on the Maine Turnpike over the next few days.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer, and the start to tourist season in Maine.

Drivers can expect to see plenty of law enforcement on the roads this weekend.

They’re already in place and ready to protect drivers.

Hundreds of thousands are expected on the turnpike between Friday and Monday.

According to AAA, gas is 16 cents higher than last month, but folks are still going to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Air travel is also expected to rise for the fifth year in a row with more than 3 million passengers.

However, the biggest concern weighs on drivers. The heaviest part of traffic isn’t expected until 4 p.m. heading north on the turnpike Friday and Monday evening going south as people begin to head home.

Law enforcement will be out searching for impaired drivers on an often busy weekend for OUIs.

"We've got to be predictors a little bit. So let's get out there a little bit and use the checkpoints as a reminder,” Major Paul Mitchell, York County Sheriff's Office, said.

"You need to obey the laws and certainly they need to ramp it up during this time period,” Greg Ring,

Bangor resident, said.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says checkpoints have proven to reduce the rate of impaired driving so travelers enjoy the weekend but be safe of the roads.

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