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Memorial Day Travel: Driving vs. Flying

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It is the start of Memorial Day weekend for many of you.  Triple A predicts travel will decrease slightly this year. 

Triple A predicts 35 million people will hit the roads – and today is the one of the busiest travel days for the summer season.

Shirley Flowers is spending her Memorial Day weekend with family. She's driving from Atlanta through Augusta – on to Raleigh and then Connecticut for a wedding.

"We'll stop for food, take rest stops because we have little kids who have to go to the bathroom," said Flowers.

Flowers and many other drivers may face sights like these with long lines on the interstate.

"They're busy – a lot of people are getting out for Memorial Day this year," said Denisha Lynch.

"We decided to drive because with the 5 of us because we have a pretty high expense with flights," said Flowers.

Most travelers say gas prices didn't play a huge role and say it's DRIVING IS still cheaper than flying.

"You have to extra expense of hitting 2 airports so if we drive we'll save us about $300," said Flowers.

This year, air travel is down by about 8-percent because of higher airline fees and long lines at airports. And as a result, people are choosing the roads instead of the friendly skies because it's cheaper and convenient.

9 out of 10 travelers will drive, and more cars on the roads could mean more accidents. Last year, 8 people died on South Carolina roadways, and 6 people died in Georgia during the Memorial Day weekend.

Police say most accidents are because of distracted drivers.

"We just make sure everyone is buckled up and not have anything outside their windows," said Flowers.

"Defensive driving – on our way up here we almost got into an accident.  People are braking in front of you and cutting in," said Lynch.

"Get out early in the day so you are not stuck in rush hour. Be careful, watch what you are doing and stay safe," said Covington, Ga.

Georgia Patrol will beef up patrols so if you're headed out, buckle up, follow the speed limit and drive safely.

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