More than 34.8 million people will travel more than 50 miles during Memorial Day weekend, a 1.2 percent increase over last year, estimates the AAA. Of those on the move, 30.7 million (88 percent) will be driving. Gas is 20 cents cheaper than a year ago, with the current national average at $3.66 per gallon. South Carolina has the lowest price in the nation at $3.33 and California the highest with $4.32.
Looking to minimize holiday traffic fatalities, the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt and child-restraint awareness campaign will have extra law enforcement officers on the highways. Virginia and Kentucky are two states that are increasing enforcement for seat-belt and child-restraint use.
Even though most travel will be on the ground this weekend, air travelers are advised to still leave plenty of time to get through airport security. ABC News reported that the busiest towns for air travel this weekend are expected to be Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, and Boston.