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Holiday travel up this Memorial Day weekend

By Gene Petriello- bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thousands of people are expected to pack their bags this morning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend - so expect to see a lot of traffic, no matter where you go.

You'll also see stepped up patrols on the roads as the state tries to keep the number of traffic deaths down for one of the deadliest holidays on Virginia roadways.

When you head out this weekend, you and more than 940,000 Virginians will be traveling 50 miles or more.

That's more than a seven percent increase over last years travel.

With gas prices down 15 cents in the past month, that may entice even more people to take a last minute trip.

"The bottom line, the improved consumer confidence and the allure of summer travel fun have combined to make this memorial day one of the busiest we've seen in years," said AAA spokeswoman Martha Meade.

State police will have 75 percent of its force checking for speeders, drunk drivers, and those violating the move over law.

Its continuing the click-it or ticket enforcement.

Police want you to wear a seat belt to curb the increase in deadly accidents the state is seeing so far this year.

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