By JEFF KAROUB
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Higher traffic volumes and a heavier police presence are expected on Michigan roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period.
About 1.5 million state residents are projected to travel at least 50 miles between Wednesday and Sunday – a 4 percent increase over 2013 – AAA Michigan said. State police also have boosted patrols.
Wednesday morning found light traffic but a heavy police presence along Interstate 94 between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Electronic signs read, “expect enforcement,” and several vehicles were pulled over.
At a rest stop in Wayne County’s Van Buren Township, Sean Ozier said it had been a “quiet morning” on his shift as a driver for the Michigan Department of Transportation Courtesy Patrol. He’d responded to a few calls about flat tires and abandoned vehicles but figured it will ramp up as the day goes on.
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