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MDOT and MSP Have Tips To Stay Safe This Holiday Weekend

If you have a busy three days ahead of you and want to make sure you don't spend them in traffic just head to the web for help.

You can visit; www.michigan.gov/drive for up to date alerts and live traffic web camera's.

But as our Nick Perreault found out, Michigan State Police want to make sure you remember some simple tips this holiday weekend as well.

"As troopers we enjoy it, we like it out there," said MSP Lt. Kyle Bowman.

And Lt. Bowman says you can count on more patrols on the roads this holiday weekend.

More patrols to deal with the one million people AAA expects to be on the roads across the state over the next three days.

"We're also encouraging our troopers that would normally be out there to spend extra time out on the road," Bowman said.

Extra time looking for traffic violations, especially those who forget to click it.

"If we become aware of it, we will be making traffic stops for those and they're risking getting a traffic citation for those."

A $65 minimum fine and Lt. Bowman also wants drivers to be aware of exactly where they're going.

Fortunately MDOT says 83 of its 130 projects will be suspended to free up traffic, but across the state there are a few areas where delays should be expected.

In Ottawa county; Eastbound M-104, Westbound 96 ramp to M-104 and 96 East to Cleveland street ramps will be closed.

In Grand Rapids; Eastbound 196 over the grand river will have one lane open and all southbound lanes of I-75 in Saginaw county near the I-675 intersection will be closed.

"If you don't know where you're at because you're not paying attention to your surroundings, we can't come help you," Lt. Bowman said.

They're reminders that MSP wants you know year round, but are especially important on when the roads are packed with travelers.

And if you plan on staying around Mid-Michigan for the holiday MDOT wants you to know.

In Eaton county, M-50 will be closed between Vermontville and Needmore highway and in Jackson county, M-99 will only have one lane open over Rice Creek.

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