Heading Home on the Highway

By: Jummy Olabanji
By: Jummy Olabanji

November 26, 2006

The Thanksgiving holiday ended this weekend, which means Monday morning many will be heading back to work and school.

Lots of people in our area chose to travel by car which made the many Virginia interstates very busy with traffic.

With many major universities throughout the state of Virginia, students and other motorists filled the roadways causing for some backups.

Although traffic through Charlottesville was fairly moderate, not too far away on Interstate’s 81 and 95, traffic was backed up for miles.

We talked to Virginia state troopers who were out on duty today.

They say patience is the number one thing drivers should remember.

"Everybody just needs to watch out for the other driver, travel at a safe distance, obey the speed limit, and above all, buckle your seat belt, make sure your children are strapped in if they are supposed to be in a car seat,” said Trooper J.P. Holley.

With thousands of people traveling our highways, state police were out both during the day, and in the evening, making sure the roads stayed safe.

But, in some cases, drivers were cited for breaking traffic laws.

"We’re detouring people from exceeding the speed limits, we're looking for other traffic violations, such as expired tags, expectations, seat belt and child seats, drunk drivers and aggressive driving,” said Holley.

When we last spoke with state troopers, they told us that they had no serious accidents reported in our area.

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