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Get Ready For Jammed Roadways On Memorial Day Weekend

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Close to 1 million D.C.-area residents are planning trips of at least 50 miles for the holiday weekend.
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Close to 1 million D.C.-area residents are planning trips of at least 50 miles for the holiday weekend.

After a lousy winter, the unofficial start of the summer season is just about upon us. AAA says the highest number of local travelers in a decade will either drive or fly to their Memorial Day destinations.

Close to 1 million D.C.-area residents are planning trips of at least 50 miles for the holiday weekend. In short, that means the roads in the District, Virginia and Maryland are going to be jammed come Friday. AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend says it's a good sign for the economy that so many are filling up their tanks.

"We're seeing the most robust numbers for travelers since 2005 in the Washington Metro area," Townsend says, "and the second-best set of numbers since the turn of the last century."

Townsend was joined at a news conference near the Bay Bridge by Maryland State Police Lt. Colonel Jerry Jones, who says extra officers will be looking for drunk, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

"There is no excuse for impaired driving," Jones says. "In fact, there is no excuse for any type of driving behavior that endangers people on our Maryland roads."

The police are asking drivers to use extra caution crossing the Bay Bridge.

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