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Preparing for Memorial Day weekend travel

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INDIANAPOLIS -

More people than ever are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, and if you're packing for a weekend getaway, you may be paying more.

AAA Motor Club expects more travelers this weekend than they've seen in the past nine years - about 31.8 million Memorial Day travelers across the U.S. - that's up 1.5% over last year. So, what can you expect in gas prices?  Yesterday, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded is expected to be $3.63, which is about the same as last year.  However, that's not the reason most people are ready to get out of town.

Greg Seiter with AAA says, "I think a lot of it has to do with the winter that we had people want to explore.  Also, the economy is better now,  unemployment is steady or somewhat positive in the minds of the consumer and I think those elements are really contributing to travel."

As far as travel goes on Memorial Day, Airfare is up 6% over last year, mid-range hotels are up 2% in bookings and car rentals are up 1%.

With so many on the road, collisions are a big concern over the holiday weekend.  The top three causes of accidents come from drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving.  Drivers with a hand held device are four times more likely to get into car accident.  If you try to text and drive, you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

Indiana State Police also want to remind you to make sure you and your family have your seatbelts on.  State police nationwide are still cracking down on that through the holiday weekend.

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