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Increased Police Presence for Holiday Weekend Travel

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The majority of tickets that are distributed over the holiday weekend are for speeding. The majority of tickets that are distributed over the holiday weekend are for speeding.

A number of people have travel plans this long holiday weekend and should expect some traffic issues on roads.

But if you're out on Virginia roadways this holiday weekend, be mindful of the increased police presence.

With a new state law making texting and driving a primary offense, state police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers.

Last year they wrote more than 12,000 tickets, a majority of which were for speeders.

Ten people died last year in traffic accidents and official say 10 percent of crashes on the July 4 weekend are alcohol-related.

Officers want to remind people to put safety first and don't drink and drive.

Travelers in the area can also expect traffic messes around Monticello Thursday as thousands are set to attend the Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony.

Guests are asked to arrive extra early and carpool if possible.

Another 4,000 people will be shuttled from the parking lot at Piedmont Virginia Community College to Monticello.

Tickets are sold out for the event but Monticello is live-streaming the ceremony on its website.

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