More Travelers Expected to Visit SC This Memorial Day

More Travelers Expected to Visit SC This Memorial Day

AAA is predicting the highest level of Memorial Day travel since 2005.

Past year during this campaign, 372 drivers were arrested for D-U-I's, and one person was killed on Memorial Day due to an alcohol-related crash.

Approximately 34.6 million Americans (88.1 percent of travelers) will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.5 percent over past year.

"One significant trend we are seeing this year is solid growth in the number of air travelers, which also tends to signify longer vacations that are a greater distance away from home", said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club's vice president for travel.

Anyone planning to hit the road this weekend will have some company.

If (gas) prices do surge, it is unlikely they would exceed (a 10-cent jump) by the holiday.

Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend, including more than one million Virginians.

In Virginia, 1.1 million are anticipated to travel, which is a 2.6-percent increase over past year. Not only is the closure over the holiday weekend, but the Pirates are also in town with games each day over the holiday weekend.

AAA said it answers hundreds of thousands of service calls across the country on the holiday weekend alone.

That's 1 million more travelers than a year ago, making it the highest amount of travelers since 2005.

Thousands of Nebraskans and Iowans are expected to be among the 39 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more over the Memorial Day holiday.

Airfare costs, vehicle rental rates and mid-range hotel rooms are all trending higher this Memorial Day, and gas prices are no exception.

To help commuters deal with all that volume, the state Department of Transportation will suspend all maintenance and highway work, except for emergencies, at 5 a.m. Friday and resume work at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Miller's Marathon, just off the intersection of I-77 and OH 821, expects to see a lot of business this weekend.

For Nebraska, the average price is $2.31, up 3 cents.

"We know everyone will be hitting the roads to enjoy the attractive summer days ahead, but we want travelers to arrive at their destination safely", said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police.

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