WASHINGTON COUNTY - Drivers braving the roads this weekend likely will encounter high gas prices, sultry temperatures and cries from back-seat passengers, asking, "Are we there yet?"
Lt. Rick Narron, barrack commander for the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown, said he is expecting heavy traffic this weekend as the Memorial Day holiday ushers in summer's unofficial start.
For Narron, three-day weekends drive home the importance of buckling up and driving carefully.
"It kind of brings everyone back to the perspective to drive carefully," Narron said.
AccuWeather meteorologist Chuck Caracozza said the weekend likely will be a bit warmer than normal, with temperatures today hitting about 88 degrees. He predicted high temperatures in the low 80s for the rest of the weekend, with spotty showers.
Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Tim Baker said speeding and alcohol are two of the major causes of serious crashes. He said the weekend's heavier-than-normal traffic likely won't affect county roads.