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Weekend travel hits few bumps

November 26, 2000

Weekend travel hits few bumps



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Traffic throughout the Tri-State area was heavy over Thanksgiving holiday weekend, resulting in numerous fender benders but no serious accidents, state police in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia said Sunday.

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Maryland State Police said there were five minor accidents on Interstate 70 west of Clear Spring Sunday and one on Md. 632 between 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Cpl. Doug Lowry said police anticipate some accidents when traffic reaches such levels.

"People aren't paying attention," he said.

Roads were mostly clear all weekend except for Saturday evening, when about three-tenths of an inch of rain fell in Washington County, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Troopers at Pennsylvania State Police offices in Chambersburg called it a "typical holiday," with several minor accidents.

West Virginia State Police in Charles Town said they had six fender benders Sunday between 12 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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State Police in all three states said they had extra officers on patrol keeping an eye on aggressive drivers.

Over the holiday, Tri-State troopers participated in Combined Accident Reduction Effort, a nationwide effort to increase the amount of patrol officers on the roads by reassigning uniformed administrative officers to the highway throughout the holiday.

In addition to catching speeders and reckless drivers, troopers targeted drivers with unrestrained children passengers.

Prior to the weekend, Mid-Atlantic AAA estimated that 38.9 million Americans were planning to travel 100 miles or more over the holiday, including 617,000 Maryland residents.

That figure is a 4 percent increase over the 37.4 million last year, said Myra Wieman, manager of public affairs for AAA, in a press release.

She said the majority of travelers were expected to use the nation's highways despite the higher cost of gasoline. The cost of a gallon of regular gas in Maryland is about $1.54 and $1.56 across the nation, which is a 25-cent increase from last year, she said.

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