Midstaters prepare to hit the road for the holiday weekend

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2010 file photo, traffic jams up on the eastbound State Route 91 Freeway near Corona, Calif. According to a complaint filed in federal court, an area on this freeway was an alleged terrorist target of Syed Rizwan Farook, who led an assault that killed multiple people in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015, and his friend Enrique Marquez. Farook was killed. Marquez was charged with multiple federal counts Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (Bruce Chambers/Orange County Register via AP, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005.

Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is expecting more than two million vehicles to travel over the Memorial Day holiday this year.

With such a high traffic volume, motorists are urged to stay alert and drive safely and without distraction.

To help accommodate heavier holiday traffic, the Turnpike will suspend maintenance work and have all available lanes open in each direction beginning at 5 a.m. on May 27 through 11 p.m. on May 31.

State police are urging drivers to drive at a safe speed, wear your seat belts and avoid distractions.

They also say there will be a zero tolerance for drinking and driving, as well as aggressive driving. Drivers are also reminded to move over for emergency vehicles.

AAA expects to rescue more than 350,000 motorists during the Memorial Day holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires.

They’re recommending drivers to check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a road trip. Also, have vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop.

To report emergencies on the Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone and be ready to provide your milepost location when calling. In the event of an emergency, the Turnpike will activate its digital message signs and Highway Advisory Radio System (1640 AM) to inform motorists of conditions.

Travelers wanting real-time roadway information can call 866-976-TRIP (8747) or visit the online Travel Conditions Map at http://www.paturnpike.com/webmap. The Pa. Turnpike smartphone app, TRIP Talk, streams audio advisories to iPhone and Droid users. To download the free app, visit http://www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.

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