Thousands of Bucks County residents are set to hit the road for Memorial Day Weekend. With the increase in motorists, the PA turnpike is pleading for holiday travel safety.
Memorial Day Weekend or “the unofficial start of summer” is a time when the Turnpike Commission reminds motorists to exercise ample planning and extra caution.
“You are never alone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” Lt. David Devitt of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop T said.
The PA Turnpike is anticipating Friday afternoon and Monday evenings to be the times when traffic will be at its peak.
- May 25 — 765,000 vehicles expected to travel;
- May 26 — 540,000 vehicles expected to travel;
- May 27 — 465,000 vehicles expected to travel; and
- May 28 — 485,000 vehicles expected to travel.
There will be extra patrols to assist customers, as well as look for aggressive, distracted and impaired drivers. Lt. Devitt said, “These dangerous habits can, and do, result in crashes,” noting more than 1,300 speeding citations were issued last year during the Memorial Day travel period as well as 57 seatbelt citations and four arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
To help accommodate for the traffic increase, the Turnpike will suspend maintenance and construction work and have all available lanes open beginning 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, through 11:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28.
To contact the PA Turnpike and report traffic tips call them at 866-976-TRIP.