Authorities are urging drivers to slow down to avoid accidents over the holiday weekend.
While average gas prices have dropped 32 cents in the past month, more than 700,000 residents in the D.C. metro region are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Memorial Day Weekend. With the increase of holiday travelers, traffic authorities urge safety while on the road.
"Unfortunately when the gas prices decline, we tend to see an increase in speeds," said Lt. Dwayne Boardman of the Maryland State Police. "So we're hoping that is not the case, and if it is we'll be ready."
Cheaper gas prices may allow travelers to spend less, but the prices bring out bad driving habits, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
"We could lose as many as 420 lives over just the three and a quarter days," Lon Anderson, AAA spokesman, said.
Authorities remind travelers to plan ahead, follow speed limits and travel during off-peak hours.