Light Labor Day traffic expected in wake of Irene

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Even before Hurricane Irene, fewer people were expected to travel this Labor Day weekend compared to last year. More than 885,000 Virginians were forecasted to hit the highways this holiday, but Irene may lowered that number even more.

Travel experts say the biggest change may be for the folks who'd planned on going to the outer banks which suffered extreme damage. One driver we spoke with said Irene actually helped define her plans.

"I'm going to be going to New York to see my family," said Tricia Vaglica. "I don't have power also, so I need to get out of here."

Another woman we found says Irene may have slightly changed her weekend plans to visit her son in Roanoke.

"I've got a lot of stuff that I need to do around the house," said Kim Reid "If I can get away for at least one day to go see my son, I'll do that."

Even though fewer people will be on the roads compared to years past, there will still be increased danger out there. State troopers will be out in force hoping to reduce the number of traffic fatalities from previous holidays.

"We are strictly looking for people who are aggressively driving, recklessly driving, not wearing seat belts and not properly securing their children," said State Police Sgt. Molnar. "People who choose to drink and drive, and with people who drink and drive, we will have zero tolerance and we will arrest them and with the increase in police presence."

Don't forgot about Virginia's move over law. You must move over one lane for emergency vehicles. If you can't do that safely, at least slow down.

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