With state residents gearing up for the year's busiest travel holiday, Maryland State Police are urging motorists to drive with caution and are increasing patrols and enforcement to give them some incentive.
About 525,000 Marylanders are expected to drive or travel by rail or air today through Sunday, according to police.
Extra troopers will be on patrol, watching for aggressive drivers who are speeding, tailgating and making unsafe lane changes, said Hagerstown Baracks Commander Lt. Bruce Smith.
He said police encourage people to wear their seatbelts and buckle children into safety seats.
"When these two easy steps are followed, the chances of being injured in a collision are drastically reduced," said Smith.
To help parents ensure their children's safety, state police will hold a free safety seat check at the Hagerstown Barracks Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Smith said motorists can avoid being tied up in traffic on interstates if they plan ahead and leave early.