AAA expects 2.6 million Texan drivers this holiday weekend


BROWNWOOD, Texas - AAA is expecting a record number of travelers this holiday weekend and the group is attributing the increase to low gas and hotel prices.

About 2.6 million Texans will be traveling in their automobiles - a one percent increase compared to 2015.

"I'm going to Florida, all the way to Key West," Silvana said. She's making the 20-hour drive from De Leon with her husband. "I hope he's the only one driving, not me."

"We're heading off to Albuquerque, New Mexico," Kevin Patrick said. He stopped at a gas station on Early Boulevard after pulling in from Austin. "We have about eight hours left."

Some people said they decided to take their vacation early.

"I've already done it," John Durr said. "The reason being [is] I wanted to avoid all the traffic coming in this weekend."

AAA also reported that gas prices were down 46 cents statewide compared to last year. The group put the state average at $2.12.

"Gas is down," Durr said. "[It's] cheap enough for people to travel and have a good time."

"Yes, it's a good thing," Ryan Miller, a cosmetology student at Ranger College, said. "Broke people need gas."

The Department of Public Safety did, however, issue a warning to people driving this Fourth of July weekend: obey the law.

"Last year, we arrested nearly 500 people on this holiday weekend for DWI," said Fredrick Biddle with DPS. "We wrote over 7,000 speeding citations and over 1,000 seat belt citations."

Texans aren't the only ones benefiting from low gas prices. These are the lowest Independence Day gas prices Americans have seen in more than a decade, according to AAA.

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