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Memorial Day Travel Forecast

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A harsh winter season has given way to what's becoming a beautiful spring.

That, combined with Memorial Day weekend, has drivers hitting the road in droves.

AAA estimates 36.1 million people will travel 50 miles or more this weekend. That would be the most travelers since 2005. The majority of those people will be driving to their destination.

Iowa State Patrol says Memorial Day weekend is usually one of the most dangerous weekends on the road. It's the first major travel holiday after winter, and people are looking to get out of the house, especially with the winter we just went through. 

ISP says along with all the extra travelers you'll see on the road this weekend, get ready to see a lot more troopers.

"Iowa state patrol does have extra officers on duty; we'll have more troopers out on the highways and interstate systems. We'll be focused on seat belt, speed, alcohol enforcement, impaired driving," says Trooper Darin Snedden.

To see a map of road construction across the state, visit http://www.iowadot.gov/travel.html#/highwayconstruction
 
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