Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It's Memorial Day weekend, and many people will be packing their bags and heading north for the holiday, making the roads more congested than usual.
The long weekend is known for heavy traffic volumes and an increased number of accidents.
Officers with the Minnesota State Patrol are warning drivers that holiday traffic jams should be expected.
They anticipate the busiest times to be this afternoon and evening, and Monday as people head back home.
The State Patrol says the Memorial weekend represents a kick-off to summer travel.
Officers say they will be patrolling the typically concentrated traffic areas like Interstate 35, and will also be on the look-out for drunk drivers.
"We see more drinking and driving. There's more people out there, there's a lot of gatherings, a lot of holiday gatherings, friends and family are getting together, some of them associate drinking with those activities. More motorist assist type situations where maybe that boat trailer just wasn't quite ready to hit the road this year or something changed over the winter," said Steve Strombeck, captain of the Duluth State Patrol.
Some safety tips to help keep you safe this weekend include staying hydrated, never leaving pets or people in the car even for short periods of time, keeping your cell phone charged and close to hand, and trying to avoid traffic and rush hours by coming back from your holiday before 4PM on Monday.