Memorial Day weekend travel safety tips for Idahoans

Memorial Day weekend travel safety tips for Idahoans

As we get ready for Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start of summer travel, AAA predicts that this will be the third busiest Memorial Day since 2000.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember the people who died while serving our country and maybe spend some time with family. However, this weekend also marks the start of a dangerous time for drivers in Idaho.

Before you hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, you should know that a lot of other Idahoans will be doing the same thing.

Before you plan your trip, the Idaho Transportation Department has some tips for you.

ITD Public Information Officer Ellen Mattila said, "On these big, busy weekends, you need to be very aware of other drivers and also know how you act." "So, put your phone away, don't do anything else while driving, and go the speed limit."

Also make sure you buckle up. "Even if you do everything right, other drivers might not, and you want to keep yourself safe," Mattila said.

A Travel Advisory was sent out by the city of McCall before the Memorial Day weekend. Officials in McCall, Idaho, said in a statement made on Tuesday that there will be detours to the east side of Payette Lake and Ponderosa State Park because of continuing road work on some parts of the main route.  

ITD will put flaggers at the Banks Lowman Road crossroads, where traffic often backs up on holidays, to help drivers going up Highway 55 along the Payette River. 

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