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Police: holiday traffic heavy, but no serious accidents

September 04, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

TRI-STATE - At about 6:45 p.m. Monday, as many were returning home from a long weekend, traffic started to pick up on area highways, police said.

Maryland State Police Sgt. J. Kissner said it was a busy weekend for travel, and additional troopers were on duty, as is the custom on holiday weekends. The added patrols were looking for speeders and anyone driving under the influence, he said.

A police spokeswoman said that traffic on Interstate 70 eastbound was backed up as of 10:30 p.m. Monday, but there were no known accidents. Kissner said there had been some fender benders throughout the weekend, though.

"There's been minor accidents," Kissner said. "But a lot of it is just heavy traffic."

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., said traffic was light on Interstate 81 and a spokesman there was unaware of any accidents.

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On Saturday, Washington County Sheriff's deputies conducted a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 40 near McDade Road, according to a written release.

Police said that 414 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. One person was arrested for driving under the influence, and two citations were issued to separate drivers, one for speeding and one for driving on a revoked license.

AAA estimated that more than 34 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home during Labor Day weekend, according to a written release. More than 652,000 Maryland residents were expected to travel that same distance.

The majority of those who traveled (83.5 percent) did so by car, truck or recreational vehicle, according to AAA officials.

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