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11:02 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Delmarvans Headout for Memorial Day Weekend

Credit Don Rush

Maryland

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects 718-thousand Marylanders will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day Weekend with 91 percent driving to their holiday destination.

Association spokesperson Ragina Averella says her organization’s survey found that that 64 percent of state residents say they will be visiting family and friends while 33 percent indicated they would be going to the beach.

She says she expects there will be many that will be heading toward the Delmarva coastal resorts from the Jersey Shore as the area recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Transportation Authority expects 366-thousand vehicles to cross the Bay Bridge this weekend.

At the end of the week gas prices were at $3.52 a gallon in the state with the cheapest buy in Salisbury.

(See: Salisbury Daily Times)

Delaware

In Delaware Triple A Mid-Atlantic is predicting that an estimated 96-thousand residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes with 90 percent of them going by car.

And Association spokesperson Jim Lardear says that he expects Tuesday should be a biggest day for roadside assistance calls.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says that traffic through the Delaware Route 1 Dover Toll Plaza will peak on Friday and Monday with the lowest volume on Sunday.

DelDOT has suspended lane closures on Delaware Route 1, US 95 and US 202 during the holiday to limit delays.

The office of Highway Safety says it will continue its Click It or Ticket campaign cracking down on those not driving with their seat belts on.

State officials noted that 53 percent of crash fatalities were unbuckled so far this year. 

That’s up from 2012 when it was 29 percent.

Delaware Beach Resorts

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Beach resorts in Delaware are looking for a rebound after the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy and as the economy improves.

Carol Everhart of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce tells The News Journal they saw a 20 percent increase in requests for information between January and April.

Based on early bookings, Delaware Tourism Office Director Linda Parkowski says resorts are hoping for a 25 percent increase in travel to Delaware this summer.

But Jack Lingo Realty in Rehoboth Beach, which often caters to Washington-area travelers, says it has not seen any uptick in rentals for beach houses this summer. 

(See: Wilmington News Journal)

Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police will boost road patrols over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Increased patrols begin Friday and continue through Monday night. It's part of the annual Operation CARE national traffic-enforcement effort.

The additional patrols are aimed at reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use seat belts.

Last year police cited nearly 11,600 speeders and 3,000 reckless drivers and arrested 137 impaired drivers. Eleven people died in traffic accidents in Virginia last year. Ten of them weren't wearing seat belts.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects slightly more than 1 million Virginians to travel during the holiday weekend. That's down 1.6 percent from 2012.