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NC readying for New Year's holiday travel

Posted December 27, 2013

— With the Christmas holiday over and New Year’s around the corner, another stream of holiday travelers are expected to take to the roads and skies this weekend.

A record number of North Carolinians – more than 2.8 million – are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas and New Year's holidays combined this year, according to AAA Carolinas. Nine out of 10 of those will drive.

That travel volume represents an increase of 48,500 total travelers compared with last year. AAA National says travelers have more flexibility when holidays fall in the middle of the week, allowing them to start their trip earlier or extend it through the following weekend.

Last year, 37 people died on North Carolina roads during the year-end holiday travel period – 38 percent of those involved a drunk driver, and 43 percent of those who died weren't wearing a seat belt, according to AAA.

Meanwhile, gas prices are about the same this year compared to last year at $3.23 a gallon in North Carolina. The lowest price currently in the Triangle is $3.15 a gallon.

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  • Dr Sanchez Dec 27, 5:26 p.m.

    Glad to see gas prices lower this year. Over $3 is going to be the new reality thanks to India and China adding over 2 billion drivers to the planet. NC residents will need that savings to afford all the new taxes starting January 1, especially the middle and lower working class. At least the yacht owners will get a tax break and cheaper gas to enjoy themselves!

  • Inside The Beltline Dec 27, 3:14 p.m.

    It's a good thing the national economy is recovering because people are going to need their income to pay all these extra taxes beginning January 1st. Glad to see that road money is going to be used in places where it should be rather than trying to encourage development by building 4 lane highways in rural nowheres in North Carolina's where most people don't have a high school education.

  • TP4Real Dec 27, 10:44 a.m.

    And this year we can finally drive knowing that gas taxes can't go up any more. I just hate seeing all of our tax money being wasted on fixing up all these extra unnecessary roads we built years ago. I mean, how many ways do you need to go from point A to point B? Infrastructure costs are taking way too much of our tax dollars as it is. Hopefully, now that we've reduced taxes, we won't have as much to spend on it anyway, and the problem will take care of itself. I know I won't mind taking longer to get where I'm going if it means less taxes and everyone paying their fair share.