Fewer people traveling this Memorial Day weekend due to COVID-19 pandemic

Fewer people traveling this Memorial Day weekend due to COVID-19 pandemic

PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Turnpike is preparing for a rush as Memorial Day weekend begins, but it’s not what you would normally think.

The travel numbers are expected to be drastically lower than years past because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says that 1.1 million people will be likely to hit the roads. That’s a 50% drop compared to last year.

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The ultimate concern this weekend is drivers taking advantage of the empty roads, rushing and speeding through the once congested spots.

State Police have reported citing people driving at speeds of 100 miles per hour or higher.

Channel 11 talked to travel officials from AAA, and they want you to take extreme caution in every way, shape, and form.

“A lot of people may be feeling kind of this pent-up energy from the quarantine saying, ‘Oh, finally we get to take a trip.’ Don’t let that get the best of you. Make sure you’re following all the rules and regulations at all times,” said Jim Garrity, AAA Public & Community Relations Manager.

The turnpike says the heaviest traffic is expected on Friday afternoon and Monday night.

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