AAA Travel Predictions and Virginia State Police Travel Warnings Save Email Print
Posted: 7:34 PM Jun 29, 2009
Last Updated: 9:31 PM Jun 29, 2009
Reporter: Mark Tenia
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While spending time watching fireworks with family and friends will be a part of many plans this weekend, AAA predicts fewer drivers will be traveling a great distance on the road to do so. They project a 2.4% decrease from last year.
"The economy isn't doing so great. People are worried about their jobs and also to the fact that gas prices have been inching up since Memorial Day," said Windy VanCuren of AAA Mid-Atlantic.
But despite a decrease in travelers and a 16% decrease in traffic deaths this year, State Police say they'll still have a large majority of their force working. They say some drivers still aren't getting the message about safety belts.
"We had a fatality accident where an 11-year-old girl was killed and we feel that that in part was the fact, she was ejected, which probably means she wasn't wearing her seatbelt," said Captain Steven Chumley of the Virginia State Police.
"What's really sad is when you have to go to the home of the loved ones and tell them that they're loved one has been killed in an accident and in the back of your mind you know that their life probably could have been saved if they had been wearing their seatbelt," said Chumley.
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