June 30, 2006
With the 4th of July weekend now here, both police and crews from Virginia Department of Transportation are preparing for the busiest holiday travel they've seen yet.
It's estimated that close to one million people will be on Virginia highways this weekend and with so many people out, officials from VDOT and Virginia State Police are urging safety.
To make travel a little easier, VDOT crews will be opening up some lanes that are temporarily closed for construction or maintenance work on major roadways.
The 4th of July is the second deadliest holiday, right behind New Year's Eve. That's why Virginia State Police are putting additional troopers on patrol and setting up D-U-I checkpoints.
"This year we're going to be setting up the D-U-I check points. We have added patrols as far as enforcing reckless driving laws, speeding, seat belt child restraint violations, and we're especially looking at drunk drivers," Jason Day, Virginia State Trooper said.
Charlottesville Police are also helping out by putting more police on the highways, and are specifically focusing on teenagers.
For a complete list of temporary road openings and all road condition information, log onto www.VirginiaDot.org