Millions expected to be on roads over holiday weekend

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Memorial Day weekend is here and AAA expects around 43 million Americans will be traveling during the holiday. Some of those travelers from the likes of South Carolina and Alabama made their way through the Shenandoah Valley.

Some were visiting family and friends at graduation ceremonies.

"We're going to his graduation and then to see family and stuff," Stacey Sistrunk said. "An opportunity to get home and see family. We're going to stay for about two weeks."

Despite the high traffic expect, some drivers said they have not had much a problem on their Friday commute.

"It's been pretty good," Stephen Hardison said. "Around Richmond we got a little bit of traffic, but we're going around D.C. for obvious reasons. But it's been good, not too bad."

Andrew Harper enjoyed being on the road and spending time with wife and children.

"We have two dogs and my wife's with us and we have a good time," Harper said.

According to AAA, a record number of people will be driving over this holiday weekend. Despite higher gas prices, the organization expects more than 37 million out on the roads.

This is also an Operation C.A.R.E. weekend for Virginia State Police. State police said more troopers will be out on the road and remind drivers to wear a seatbelt, drive the speed limit and not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.