Pa. Turnpike expects 2.3M vehicles over Memorial Day weekend

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than two million vehicles are expected to travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike during the Memorial Day weekend, officials said.

"The busiest time for travel will be Friday afternoon and Monday evening," said Mark Compton, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

The turnpike will suspend maintenance work and have all lanes open between 5 a.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said state police on the turnpike investigated 69 crashes, which resulted in seven injuries during last year's Memorial Day weekend.

"Troop T also issued more than 1,000 speeding citations and arrested five individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs that weekend," said Corporal Holly Reber-Billings. "Speeding and driving while impaired are highly risky behaviors that can result in injury and death. It's important to watch your speed, and if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do not drive."

In the event of an emergency on the turnpike, drivers can dial *11 on their cell phone and note their milepost location.

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