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Holiday Travelers Get Early Dose of Bumper to Bumper Traffic

Posted May 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Thousands of people trying to get a head start on the weekend ran into quite a surprise Friday afternoon. Traffic was bumper to bumper on southbound I-95 in Johnston County where an accident caused a heavy back-up. The conjestion cleared up shortly after five'o'clock.

The early dose of traffic probably won't be the last motorists run into over the Memorial Day weekend. AAA national headquarters reports nearly 31 million Americans are going to leave home for the holiday. You can expect state troopers out in droves, watching the roads and watching for drunk drivers.

Checkpoints will be set up statewide to monitor motorists' efforts to buckle up and stay sober. The Highway Patrol wants to remind travelers to take their time. They say it's when folks get anxious that accidents happen.