Traffic flowing smoother than expected after Memorial Day - WNEM TV 5

Traffic flowing smoother than expected after Memorial Day

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

At least nine people died in Michigan crashes over the holiday weekend.

While a record number of people were expected on the roads, some drivers in Mid-Michigan weren't so worried about their safety this year. 

Despite the heat, it’s been a weekend full of outdoor fun and excitement.

Folks across the state filled campgrounds, parks, and beaches to mark the unofficial start of summer, but as the weekend winds down, hundreds are hitting the roads again to return home and prepare to head back to work.

For many, the ride home can be a nightmare. However, many drivers on their return commute said surprisingly things didn’t seem too bad.

“I can’t believe it’s not packed,” said Mario Gelle.

Gelle said he and his crew were cruising home to Macomb County with ease after a holiday weekend up north before stopping for a quick break at the rest stop.

His buddy, Steven Martoni was surprised at how well traffic was flowing.

“It’s not too bad, it’s been really good,” Martoni said. “I was afraid the traffic was going to be heavy going home but so far it’s not. But I think it’s gonna get worse as we get closer to Macomb County.”

Also impressed was Lori Herrson, who was headed back to Metro Detroit with her family.

“We’ve been moving pretty good I’ve been able to do the speed limit,” Herron said. “I haven’t hit any congested spots as of yet.”

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