AAA Kansas projecting busy Memorial Day travel weekend

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WICHITA — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer for many travelers.

An estimated 43 million Americans will take a vacation during the holiday weekend, the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000. In fact AAA Kansas expects to rescue some 1,700 motorists this weekend on Kansas roads, according to spokesman Shawn Steward.

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One area they hope not to be making rescues is in flooded roadways. Steward encourages people to be aware of roadways that may be covered by high water and avoid driving into flooded areas.

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As of May 20, there had been 142 fatalities on Kansas roads, compared to 131 fatalities through May 14, 2018, a 7.7 percent increase.
Year                            Crash Fatalities Through May
2019                            142#
2018                            155
2017                            173
2016                            154
2015                            122

Gas prices are also moderating out. Kansas is down 4 cents a gallon over the last month according to AAA. The average price of $2.60 is 25 cents less than the national average. It’s the eleventh cheapest average price in the country.

AAA has a mobile app to find the cheapest gas prices, get emergency road service and other information if you’re traveling. Visit AAAKansas.org for more information.

 

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