Memorial Day travel could be hectic

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 5/23/2014 10:59 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The weather is going to be nice this Memorial Day weekend. Many expect the highways and airport to be very busy.  If you're are hitting the highway, you'll have lots of company.  An AAA survey shows some 36 million Americans plan to drive to visit friends, loved ones or vacation this holiday.   If those numbers hold out, this will be the busiest Memorial Day travel season since the "Great Recession."

Also on the highways will be the Nevada Highway Patrol.  Troopers will be out in full force.  They say with an increase in traffic, there is an increase in the risk of a traffic accident.   Lt. Blair Harkleroad said, "So we try to reduce that by being out there in force and working enforcement in those targeted areas."  He said they will be looking for speeders and drunk drivers.  He added, "If you do go out and drink, make sure you have a way to get home other than driving yourself."  Troopers will also be on the look out for distracted drivers.  He said, "Leave the distractions alone.  If you do need to talk on the phone, pull over or use a hands free device.  Don't be texting or anything like that."   

If your travel plans include flying, it's expected to be very busy this weekend at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.  Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said, "We're really busy on arrivals today.  That carries through the evening."  He added, "Depatures on Monday keep us busy.  We should be full on Monday with everyone flying back."

Because they're expecting big numbers at airports across the country, it will be a mixed bag for travelers.   Kulpin said, "It's holiday travel, so expect that you'll be flying with some people that are not experienced travelers so the line through the TSA may be slower."

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