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Experts advise cautious driving for Memorial Day weekend

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Experts said the roads in North Alabama will be even busier this year because of the harsh winter we had. Experts said the roads in North Alabama will be even busier this year because of the harsh winter we had.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

AAA is predicting increased traffic for Memorial Day weekend. They expect at least 36-million people on the roads.

Experts said the roads in North Alabama will be even busier this year because of the harsh winter we had. More people on the roads means more traffic, and more potential dangers.

Make sure to follow the laws by buckling up, maintaining the speed limit, and not texting and driving. To avoid that traffic, experts suggest planning your route ahead of time. If you haven't already left Friday morning, they said it's best to leave after 7 p.m. to avoid the worst delays.

However, with that comes the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. State Troopers urge you to be well-rested before you hit the road.

"We encourage you, if you get sleepy, please get off the road," said Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville. "Go to a rest area. Allow someone to drive for  you. Please don't pull off beside the interstate and go to sleep because that makes it even more dangerous because someone could hit you."

Troopers increased their presence on the highways for safety reasons and will also conduct saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints.

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