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Millions expected on the roads this Fourth of July

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The summer travel season is here and the Fourth of July is just one week away. Gas prices in our area are 16 cents higher right now, that's at the same time last year. But Triple-A predicts Virginians will celebrate by hitting the road in record numbers. 

"We have all hands on deck," said Lindsay Legrand with VDOT.

That will definitely be needed. More than a million Virginians are expected to flood state highways to travel during the Fourth of July holiday.

 

According to Triple-A, that's the largest number of travelers since it started keeping record 13 years ago.

Triple-A, VDOT and State Police are teaming up to encourage drivers to take extra precautions.

"We want folks to be prepared stay alert, limit all distractions in the car and drive slowly and safely," said Legrand.

VDOT will suspend all road work to help drivers get to their destinations faster but without speeding.

If you do have a lead foot, this is your warning - State Police will be watching.

"We put out 75 percent of our man power to patrol the highways to assist citizens, to help reduce traffic fatalities, to aggressively look for drunk drivers, speeding," State Police Sgt. Stephan Vick.

Seven people died in traffic-related incidents during the 4th of July holiday last year.
The goal for this year is zero deaths.

Drivers are also being encouraged not to overstuff your car to a point where you can't see what's around or behind you.

"Try if you can to leave the biggest cushion around your car that you can so that if something happens in front of you, you'll have space to avoid an incident," said Martha Meade with Triple-A.

Advice to make sure this record breaking travel weekend a safe one.

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