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Holiday Travel Season Kicks Into High Gear

Posted December 20, 2002 10:50 a.m. EST

— It is the last weekend before Christmas. Officials say an estimated 1.4 million North Carolinians will travel this season, with many of them leaving Friday.

While gas prices have gone down lately, officials said they are still about 30 cents higher than this time last year. Currently, the average price of gas is $1.32.


officials are also asking travelers to be careful during the holidays. They said 26 people died on North Carolina roads last Christmas.

For those travelers taking to the skies, officials said there is good news. Parking spaces near terminals will be opened back up again. They were closed for security after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The parking spaces will be freed up beginning Friday. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration wants passengers to

stop locking their bags

, which slows down the screening process when bags are searched.