State Police watching the roads this Labor Day holiday

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Associated Press and 13News Now

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 6:07 AM

RICHMOND (AP) — More Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, reaching a new post-recession high for the state.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.  That's more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.

Most Virginians are expected to travel by car and gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists. Prices in Virginia are down about 4 percent per gallon compared with the same time last year.

AAA: Nearly 35 million traveling for Labor Day

Drivers are reminded to buckle up and drive sober and distraction-free while traveling for the upcoming holiday. Virginia State Police will be out in force Friday through midnight Monday watching for speeders, impaired drivers and other traffic violations. In 2013, Virginia State Police say troopers arrested 120 drunk drivers during the four-day Labor Day weekend. Nine people died in traffic crashes during that same holiday weekend.

Check the WVEC.com Traffic Page for 24/7 live traffic cameras and gas prices across Hampton Roads.

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