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People traveling for holiday weekend despite high gas prices

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)-- AAA says a little more than 1 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more this long weekend.

The number of those traveling by plane is up nearly 12% compared to the holiday weekend last year, despite the fact that air line prices are actually higher this year.

But if you are braving the high gas prices and hitting the road by car this year there is good news.

There might be a little less traffic, since fewer people will be driving this weekend.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is halting construction at noon today. Most temporary barriers will be picked up, but those concrete barriers will stay.

We were at the airport this morning, when there was a long line at the ticket counter and some people were even running just to catch their flight.

In the meantime, some people will be driving somewhere this weekend. "I'm not too mad about the prices right now. They have been coming down a bit," says Eunice Coles.

Other people are not going away this weekend because of the high prices. "Normally I'd travel but gas prices are too high for me. So, I'm just going to stay home and do some family time," says Donetta Brown.

State Police say there will be plenty of troopers on the road, checking your speed and seeing if you are wearing your seatbelt.

"Not only will there be saturated patrols, but there will be checkpoints too," says Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

That's all an effort to help continue the recent trend in the state and its downward trend in the number of traffic deaths on the roads this year, compared to 2010.

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