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Sandra Yi ReportingThe wet weather may have caught us all by surprise. That has troopers urging extra caution as travelers head home from the holiday weekend.

Troopers expect the roads will be relatively busy until about 7:00 or 8:00 tonight. Earlier this afternoon traffic was pretty steady along Interstate 15, and it was starting to pick up as people begin heading home.

Troopers say, the good news is so far today there have been no major problems, despite the rain we had this morning. Still, their message to drivers is to plan ahead and buckle up. We've heard it before, but they want to emphasize it because of the wet conditions, which caught many of us off guard.

Sgt. Scott Stephenson, Utah Highway Patrol: "A lot of times people get impatient, follow too closely to the vehicle in front of them and with the wet condition in the roads it's a possibility of hydroplaning. And should the vehicle in front of you slam on their brakes and cause a chain reaction, causing you to apply your brakes firmly."

All weekend, officers have been working overtime, looking for aggressive drivers and people who are not wearing their seat belts. You've probably noticed all the signs that say the seat belt law will be enforced. Troopers say most drivers have been paying attention and obeying the laws of the road.

Still, this weekend was not without fatalities. Five people have died on Utah's highways since Friday, including fatal crashes in Duchesne and Tooele Counties.

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