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HOW REAL IS THE FEAR? It has the highest volume of big-rig traffic of any major road in the state, but Interstate 81 is one of Virginia's safest highways.
BAD RAP DRIVES MISCONCEPTIONS FOR TRUCKERS: Despite their reputation, truckers are some of the safest drivers on the road.
CONGESTION AHEAD? Road widening must happen during the next 25 years to avoid serious traffic headaches, but the state lacks the funds and the vision to do it.
PUSHING THE LIMIT: Driving too fast is a leading cause of accidents but enforcing the speed limit is a daunting task for the understaffed Virginia State Police.
DISTRACTED ON THE ROAD: Driving instructors have been preaching it for decades — but with phones and other electronic devices providing more distractions than ever —Virginia officials plan to put more emphasis on curbing crashes caused by drivers not paying attention.
THE CHATTER: Since the series began, readers and travelers alike have been talking about it, from places like Twitter to the Roanoke Times editorial pages.
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