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Wednesday 4th Helps Lighten Traffic Congestion

With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday, the traffic is a little more spread out

June 30, 2018 - 10:41 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- As Independence Day approaches, you may notice a bit lighter traffic coming in and out of metro Detroit compared to a typical Fourth of July weekend.

With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday, the traffic is a little more spread out than when everyone is trying to cram all their holiday trips into one weekend, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw says.

"We won’t get the usual rush of traffic in and out of Metro Detroit," Shaw told WWJ. "That makes it a little bit easier. But also, we kind of have to spread out our coverage to make sure that we have all those days during the week covered.”

Shaw says State Police will largely handle the week's patrol the same as they typically do, but on the 3rd and 4th, they will have extra patrols out.

Shaw's unit -- the Special Enforcement section -- will be focusing on the Southfield Freeway this week in particular.

"We’ve had a lot of complaints about some of the speed and some of the aggressive driving out there," Shaw said.

A record-setting 46.9 million Americans are expected to hit the roads, rails and sky for the Fourth of July holiday, according to AAA. That’s the highest number since AAA started tracking those numbers almost 20 years ago