Gas Prices Won’t Deter Holiday Weekend Travelers

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STATE – Nearly two-thirds (62%) of New Jersey travelers won’t let rising gas prices affect their Memorial Day weekend plans, according to a survey by AAA. Approximately 914,000 New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more for the  holiday weekend in 2013, a slight decrease of .06% 919,000 that traveled in 2012. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27.

“The majority of New Jerseyans, 828,650, plan to travel by automobile, this figure is relatively flat from the 828,300 that drove to their holiday destination last year,” according to Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “However the recent increase in gas prices is not going to deter the 90% of Memorial Day travelers who will be venturing out by automobile this holiday weekend.”

“AAA is projecting that nine out of ten holiday travelers will take to the nation’s roadways during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and New Jersey is no exception,” Noble stated. “The roadways throughout the Garden State will be congested with both residents and non-residents alike, most likely heading to the shore areas.”

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