Schmidt wishes residents a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Friday wished residents a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

“While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives on behalf of our nation and freedoms, it is also a time when families across the state choose to cherish time with one another,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

Schmidt, who represents one of Michigan’s most heavily traveled districts, also noted that Memorial Day is also considered by many to be the unofficial start of summer.

“The 37th District is home to several of the state’s top tourist destinations,” Schmidt said. “Northern Michigan draws staggering amounts of people this time of year.”

Schmidt advised residents and travelers that this weekend’s traffic will be heavier and travel will likely see some delays. Travelers can visit www.michigan.gov/midrive for updated road conditions.

He closed by adding local police will be out in full effect looking for distracted drivers, drivers not wearing seat belts and especially people driving under the influence.

“Please be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages,” Schmidt said. “Don’t risk your future by driving under the influence.”

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Editor’s note: Audio of Schmidt discussing these safety tips is available here or on his website. Click “Audio” under the “Media Center” tab.