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Memorial holiday travel underway

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The summer travel season is now officially underway and folks are hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend.

Triple-A says it predicts more than one million Michigan residents will travel at least 50 miles this weekend and that's down just a tad from a year ago.

Drivers don't have to worry about those cone zones. MDOT is helping by suspending road work for the holiday weekend. That should make travel a little easier.

Work will be suspended beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.

You better think twice before getting behind the wheel this holiday weekend because police are watching out for bad drivers.

State police are cracking down on people who are not wearing seatbelts. They will also be looking for drunk drivers.

The Memorial Day weekend patrols begin Friday at 6 p.m. and continue through Monday.

Last year, nine people died in crashes over the holiday weekend.

Gas prices are also expected to remain high for the holiday weekend. Prices across the state are hovering right around $4 a gallon.

The prices are the highest at Memorial Day in more than three years.

But according to experts, the pain at the pump is expected to ease in the weeks ahead.

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