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WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police are planning a one-day traffic safety enforcement blitz during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The Virginia State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office are stepping up patrols on the county's highways Monday. State police say it is part of the national traffic enforcement project, Drive to Save Lives.

The campaign targets seatbelt violations, speeding and impaired and distracted driving. Police also will stress compliance with the state's so-called move over law, which requires drivers to change lanes if they are able to do so when passing emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road.

The Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester begins Friday and continues through May 4.

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