Busy roadways expected for Memorial Day weekend

More Kansans will be on the road this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA reports that, for Kansas, weekend travelers have increased about four-tenths of a percent from last year.


AAA Vice-President Jim Hanni said an improving economy and lower costs on vehicle maintenance are helping. Hanni says Kansas ranks 6th in the nation for the largest drop in gas prices.

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Gas prices in Emporia are $3.29 on average. Hanni says for our region, almost 3.1 million people will be traveling this weekend; about 88.5% of those by car. AAA reports that the top summer travel destinations include Branson, MO; Orlando, Fla; and Yellowstone National Park.

With increased travel over the holiday weekend, Hanni reminds folks to practice safe driving habits: getting plenty of rest, making sure your car is in top working order, and wearing your seatbelt. Locally, the Click It or Ticket Campaign continues through June 1. Law enforcement departments from all across the state will be stepping up their enforcement efforts, looking for seat belt violations and other moving infractions. Sheriff Jeff Cope:

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Kansas is below the national average for seat belt use, although the overall percentage has been climbing over the years. As of 2012, Kansas had a 79.5 percent use rate. The national average is 86 percent. Kansas ranks 39th in the country for seat belt use.


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