June 27, 2014
AAA is estimating a record 1.16 million Virginians will travel during the 4th of July holiday.
The auto club says holiday travel runs from Wednesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 6.
The majority of traveling Virginians, roughly 1,003,726, will be on the roads during the holiday weekend, the most ever on record despite the highest Independence Day gas prices in six years. AAA predicts gas prices in the Commonwealth will average $3.49 per gallon.
Because of the large volume expected on the roads, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says there will not be any lane closures statewide, from noon Thursday through noon Monday. This includes lane closures in temporary work zones.
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Unfortunately, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is also considered one of the deadliest holidays during the year because of crashes involving intoxicated drivers. To ensure safety on the road, drivers can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement by the Virginia State Police as part of the annual, nationwide Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.).
During the 2013 Fourth of July holiday weekend, seven people lost their lives in traffic crashes. In addition, Virginia State Police made 104 DUI arrests and cited 11,350 speeders. Troopers also cited 1,053 safety belt violations and another 335 child safety belt violations.