1.8 million expected to travel in the Carolinas for Fourth of July weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – AAA estimates that about 1.8 million people throughout the Carolinas will travel this Fourth of July holiday weekend.

According to AAA, 1,197,000 North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more from home. More than 1 million of those people will be driving.

“This is the lowest gas price in over 10 years. People are saving money with that trip so they are actually able to travel,” said AAA branch manager Sandra Horton.

With Fourth of July travel expected to break records this year,  the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said they will be working overtime.

“Last year in North Carolina we had 12 fatalities, sadly four involved alcohol” said Lt. Jeff Gordon.

Lt. Gordon said they will have DWI checkpoints on highways and local roads throughout the weekend. They are also asking for the public to patrol the roads.

“If you are out there driving and you see someone driving careless and reckless who may be impaired, dial ‘star HP’. Hopefully we can get a trooper out there and stop that individual,” he said.

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