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Millions expected to take to the roads, air for Memorial Day holiday weekend

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Millions of travelers are expected to hit the roadways and take to the air as the Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us.

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the TSA released their plans to ease travel pains for passengers at the world's busiest airport for the holiday weekend.

A conference earlier this week detailed ways passengers can to get through security lines quicker and more efficiently like checking their carry-on bags and double-checking luggage to make sure they're not carrying anything that isn't allowed.

The measures are designed to reduce screening times by up to 30 percent. Officials at Hartsfield are hoping to have passengers screened in 20 minutes or less and they think newly introduced Smart Lanes will help them do just that.

22 of the 28 lanes at the main security checkpoint will now be Smart Lanes and officials say they're already seeing the benefits.

The airport is expecting record-breaking number of travelers to pass through the gates this holiday weekend and an increased amount of travelers throughout the Summer season and they say their staff is prepared.

On the roads, almost 40 million people nationwide are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more from home for the holiday and Triple A expects 34 million to drive to their destinations.

In Cherokee County, agencies set up checkpoints and conducted patrols. Officers were looking for DUI offenders and other violators. CBS46 has learned that 550 people have died on Georgia roadways in 2017, which state officials say is a drop of six percent compared to last year.

Keep in mind that officers will be out in full force ready to write tickets and make arrests for anyone violating boating laws as well. Georgia law requires children under 13 to wear life vests on a moving boat.

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