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Lower Gas Prices Fuel Increase in Holiday Travel

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Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Lynchburg, VA- AAA expects travel to be up 1.2 % this holiday weekend, and state police officials ar reminding you to use extra caution while you are out there.

Relief at the pump is pushing more people to the road this holiday. AAA says in the Commonwealth, gas prices are about 29 cents lower than last year. But those prices are not low enough for some.

"They could drop a whole lot bit more," said Coleman Thomas, a driver who is not traveling this holiday weekend.

About 47% of people surveyed by AAA say gas prices are impacting their travel plans. Nine percent plan to take shorter trips, 34% plan to save money.

"Actually I'm going to a friend we're having a cookout party, because of the gas prices. It's too expensive to go anywhere," said Karen Mason.

But  54% in the Commonwealth say these gas prices won't stop them from joining holiday traffic. More than a million Virginians plan to travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday. And there will be plenty of watchful eyes.

"We had 12 fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend. We hope to greatly reduce that this week," said First Sergeant James Hopkins with the Virginia State Police.

State Troopers will be out looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, speeders and those who are not wearing seat belts.

"In nine of 12 traffic fatalities people were not wearing seatbelts. That is a big focus for us is making sure people are wearing their seat belts," said Hopkins.

If you are trying to navigate around traffic, VDOT has an application that will give you real-time traffic information. You can also always go to 511virginia.org for road conditions.

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