Record breaking 100M+ travelers expected this holiday

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AAA: Nearly 3.2 Million From Michigan Traveling For Holidays.

FLORHAM PARK – The road are projected to be more crowded than ever this holiday season with more than 100 million travelers expected to take a trip, according to AAA Travel. The year-end holidays typically see the most travelers because of the extended duration of the holiday period, defined this year as Wednesday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. “The holidays are a time spent with friends and family, and the record number of people traveling this year should make for a joyous travel season,” said Cathleen Lewis, director of public affairs and government relations for AAA Northeast in New Jersey. The national average for gas is expected to drop below $2 per gallon by Christmas day, with the average at $2.01 on Dec. 18, 51 cents lower than last year’s price of $2.52 per gallon.

According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Traffic Safety Culture Index, 21 percent of licensed drivers who drink at least occasionally reported having driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to, or possibly over, the legal limit in the past year. “As we celebrate the holiday season, AAA urges travelers to be cautious about their safety and the safety of others sharing the roadways,” said Lewis. “Ninety-seven percent of licensed drivers consider it unacceptable to drive when they may have had too much to drink, yet there is an average of one alcohol-impaired driving death every 53 minutes.” The weather will continue to be unseasonably warm through the week, and no snow is expected east of the Colorado Rockies for the holiday this year, according to the National Weather Service. Averages for this weekend hover around 43 degrees, according to 1981 to 2010 daily norms in Freehold from the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University.

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