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If you must travel this holiday season, be safe, VSP advises

For many Virginians, Thanksgiving is going to look different from previous years but the Virginia State Police said the rules of the road have not changed. VSP recommends slowing down, wearing seatbelts and to not drive distracted.

With lighter traffic on the roads, there may be a temptation to speed and a false sense of security that leads to drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.

This year overall, state police have seen fewer crashes on Virginia highways but those crashes have been more deadly. VSP said making sure you are driving the posted speed limit, driving for conditions and wearing seatbelts are the best ways to stay safe on the road.

To further prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the holiday, the VSP will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort).

As part of the program, state police will be increasing their visibility and traffic enforcement efforts during the five-day statistical period that began at...

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