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Fewer Virginians expected to travel during holiday

Wednesday - 5/22/2013, 12:12pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- Fewer Virginians are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the Memorial Day weekend.

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

AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Martha Mitchell Meade says some people have less money to spend this year because of automatic federal spending cuts and the expiration of the payroll tax cut.

Nationally, the number of holiday travelers is expected to dip by less than 1 percent.

AAA Mid-Atlantic expects 91 percent of travelers in Virginia will drive. That will put more than 923,000 vehicles on the roads during the holiday weekend, down about 4,000 from 2012.

The holiday travel period begins Thursday and continues through Monday.


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