ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Greater than 700,000 Marylanders are gearing as much as hit the street this Memorial Day Weekend, a 53 p.c enhance from this time final yr. For some, this is perhaps their first long-distance journey for the reason that pandemic began.
This weekend is the unofficial begin of summer season and after greater than a yr of covid hibernation, it looks like many are celebrating by getting out of city.
One in 4 folks mentioned they plan on touring. Greater than 34 million folks nationwide plan on hitting the street this weekend and one other 2 and a half million will fly.
“I used to be shocked as a result of the airport was packed,” mentioned traveler, Latoya Carter
“I can think about a bunch of individuals are excited to simply get out,” mentioned Aseem Chaedry, from Annapolis.
Transportation officers mentioned an unexpected problem of the pandemic has been a rise in fatalities on Maryland roadways because of speeds in extra of 95 mph and other forms of reckless driving.
“Up to now this yr, Maryland State troopers have arrested 2,700 impaired drivers. That is greater than 700 final yr,” defined Lieutenant Colonel Roland Butler, Chief of Maryland State Police Area Operations Bureau.
In line with Maryland State Police, site visitors enforcement shall be intense, with officers from all 23 Maryland barracks on patrol, with eyes on site visitors from the sky, the freeway, in addition to the waterways.
“Boat gross sales have been at a document stage, so there are extra boats out on the water than ever earlier than,” mentioned Colonel Adrian Baker, Superintendent, Maryland Pure Sources Police
Police mentioned they’ll upping patrol this weekend to verify everyone seems to be protected
Anybody hitting the street, ought to plan to cross the Bay Bridge both early within the morning or late at evening and anticipate pre-pandemic site visitors.
“I believe individuals are undoubtedly dying to get out and I believe it’s going to be ridiculously loopy,” mentioned Debbie Millman, who’s driving with buddies early Friday morning to Rehoboth Seaside for the weekend.
State Police mentioned they plan on preserving an in depth eye from above – utilizing a helicopter to assist monitor the circulate of site visitors.