4th of July Traffic Concerns in Door County
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DOOR COUNTY- The 4th of July is filled with plenty of fun celebrations, but it's also one of the deadliest days on the road, according to police and tonight they're asking drivers to be careful especially in Door County where tourists are packing the streets.
45 mph yet speed monitors that line the highway up to Door County keep flashing slow down. With so many people in Door County this weekend police say you have to pay attention.
"We get a lot of people that are unsure of the roads up here a lot of people that are gawking and looking at different sites and really not watching the traffic," said Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel.
Record crowds line the streets in Bailey's Harbor and Egg Harbor making roads nearly impassable, forcing emergency crews to plan ahead.
"We preposition emergency vehicles including not just ambulances but we'll use four wheel drive gators and SUV's," said Eric Christensen the emergency service director in Door County.
With so many tourists back roads become crucial for emergency vehicles and police to get around.
"If something does happen we're ready to react," said Vogel.
Officers say the biggest thing to remember if you're heading to Door County this weekend is to allow yourself plenty of time.
"People need to leave a lot earlier than what they normally would and just be aware that this county is a tourist county where there's a ton of people floating around all over the place," said Vogel.
Sheriff Vogel says 200,000 people visit Door County in the summer. That rush starts around the 4th of July and runs through the end of summer.