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Troopers will be increasing patrols over the long holiday weekend, according to the Virginia State Police.

During the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, troopers arrested 122 drunk drivers, cited 8,673 speeders and 2,704 reckless drivers. Troopers issued 218 citations for child safety seat violations and cited 856 individuals for failing to wear a seat belt.

There were 11 traffic fatalities over the weekend in 2018, up from eight fatal crashes in 2017 and 2016.

A record-setting 1,077,600 Washington, D.C., metro residents will be traveling this weekend, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Travel volume in the region will be up more than 3% from last Memorial Day, notes INRIX, a travel analytics firm.

"We hope Virginians make traffic safety a priority every day of the year, but are encouraging motorists to be extra attentive during the holiday weekend," said Col. Gary T. Settle, VSP superintendent. "More than a million drivers on Virginia's highways over the Memorial Day weekend means we have more than a million reasons to safely share the road, buckle up, drive distraction free, comply with speed limits and to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

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