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Police Stepping Up Patrols for Labor Day Weekend

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Police are stepping up patrols as people travel the roads this holiday weekend.

Police say they've already seen a lot of traffic and they expect it to increase tomorrow morning, they say traffic will be heavy on two lane roadways, especially in construction zones.

"Traffic on the major roadways is already relatively heavy," said Lt. Kip Belcher, Michigan State Police.

Police expect the roads to get even busier this Labor Day weekend, the worst being Saturday and Monday morning.

Michigan State Police will be out full force, making sure everyone is obeying the law.

"We'll have at least double that number of people out there patrolling, looking for folks that are violating previsions of the motor vehicle code and most importantly to people that encounter unexpected troubles while traveling," said Lt. Belcher.

Police say some of the major issues they run into at this time of the year is speed and people driving drunk or drugged.

"We also get into situations where people are driving too aggressively, what we would call tailgating and people creating potential problems, potential accidents that way," said Lt. Belcher. "We also run into fender benders with people that are impatient."

Police say these types of incidents happen mostly where the traffic is moving the slowest.

"Anytime you go down to a two lane roadway that your on, you can expect during a holiday weekend periods that it's going to increase in volume and there's going to be some delays, especially if there's some construction areas that haven't yet been completed," said Lt. Belcher.

They offer this advice to anyone out on the roads this weekend.

"Be patient, everybody's gotta get somewhere but you gotta get there safely, follow the rules of the road, be patient and do so sober," said Sgt. Kevin Dunklow, Traverse City Police Department.

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