AAA: Less traffic over Fourth of July

Image by flickr user futureatlas.comImage by 2008628gas.jpg AAA says there will be fewer people on the road over the Fourth of July. The culprit? High gas prices.

It's not a big drop, but AAA Carolinas is reporting that they expect traffic over the Fourth of July holiday to be down about 1.3 percent from last year, which would be a decrease of about 7,000 people. The reason? You guessed it: high gas prices. Nobody wants to drive too far from home when it costs an arm and a leg just to get around town. But that doesn't mean the highways will be empty, or that Hyman's will suddenly have no wait ...

From ABC News 4:

"They're looking at staying a little closer to home and again that's just a 1 percent decline, so a lot people are still traveling," said Lori Jo Simmons, a general sales manager with AAA.


Despite the overall decline, AAA officials still expect there to be delays on the road.

"Definitely, it's a three day weekend for a lot folks so you'll see a lot of cars on Thursday, Friday morning, and then on Sunday. Wear your seatbelt and drive at a slow, steady pace," said Simmons.

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