Labor Day Travel
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- AAA reports millions across the nation are traveling for the Labor Day holiday and Northeast Wisconsin is no exception. In fact, Motor Club's Wisconsin branch reports the biggest increase in years across the badger state.
More than 700,000 people are expected to travel across the state this weekend and with so many cars on the road police say drivers need to pay extra close attention.
Pat Piepenburg and her husband are heading to Door County, trying to beat what they know will be a flood of drivers with the same idea.
"We figure the sooner we leave the less traffic we'll have to meet," said Piepenburg.
She's not alone, lots of drivers have their own little secrets to avoid the traffic headaches.
"We're trying to play it smart and go back roads, so hopefully it'll pay off and we won't hit a lot of traffic or anything or people with the same idea," said Kerri Matheys of De Pere.
If you have to take the highway though you'll have less construction to deal with.
"We stop all construction at noon on Friday and don't start again until 6AM on Tuesday," said U.S. 41 Communications Manager, Mark Kantola.
Although construction may not be a problem something else might. Harley Davidson's 110th Anniversary festival is this weekend in Milwaukee and deputies warn drivers to pay extra close attention to motorcycles on the road.
"There's a lot of motorcycles on 41 and on U.S. 10 so I think we'll see that throughout the weekend," said Brown County Sheriff Patrol Captain, Randy Schultz.
Officers saying they will be out on the roads this weekend looking for two things specifically, drunk drivers and speeders.
Another interesting note, AAA says of the 34 million people expected to travel across the nation, 90 percent will take the trip by car.