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Heavy traffic and police presence as drivers head home


There are more officers out patrolling the roads.

State Patrol officials said Sunday afternoon and evening are the busiest times of travel during the Fourth of July weekend.

Drivers said they've noticed some traffic on U.S. 51 and I-39 heading south.

That's because many people are headed home from vacations up north.

Drivers we talked to said the extra cars on the road slowed travel time, but they'd rather play it safe.

"Coming down, it was fine until we got on to 51, once we got on to 51 it was a dead stop, so if anyone knows any shortcuts, take the shortcuts until you can get around whatever mess there is," said Shaun Dailey.

State Patrol officials said they plan to have 15 to 20 officers patrolling the roads in central Wisconsin as many people head home.

So far, no serious crashes have been reported.

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