Area motorists are getting an early holiday gift as gas prices are guzzling below $2.
According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, this time last year the average price for regular gas was $2.89 per gallon, making it nearly $1 cheaper today. We asked local residents how they felt with the gas prices dropping, and they had this to say.
"You're getting twice your money, and of course, you can go twice as far."
"I actually put too much in, and today I had to go...
Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and turkey's will be carved. However, before that can happen people must get to to their destination.
With many people making their way to Thanksgiving parties it means more people will clog the roadways. Local law enforcement is preparing for the travel by getting more patrol cars on the roads. Sheriff Matt Lutz recommends you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
"Well basically we see a huge increase in the traffic...
While many of us hit the roadways for holiday travel this past Labor Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol also took to the roads to make sure everyone was traveling safely.
Sgt. Jeff Jirles with the Zanesville post of the Highway Patrol said 16 officers were working in Muskingum and Coshocton counties over the weekend. The officers made contact with around 700 motorists and issued citations to about 460 of those who were stopped.
The AAA Auto Club is expecting 43.4 million Americans to be traveling this Thanksgiving, including 1.68 million Ohioans. AAA Spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind, says that's a decrease of 1.5 percent nationally and 1.7 percent in Ohio. Although it's a small decrease from last year's numbers, Schwind says the number of travelers has been gradually climbing since the recession. If you're traveling this holiday season, Schwind says the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day to travel.
Soon travelers will be taking to the skies and roadways all in an attempt to make it home for Christmas.
AAA said that 84.4 million travelers nationwide and 3.2 million Ohioans will take drive to their holiday destination. The auto club estimates that they'll come to the rescue of at least 15,000 Ohioans in their 38 county territory between Saturday and January 1st. A AAA spokesperson said that most of the breakdowns could be prevented with simple maintenance.
If you're planning on traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday expect to see an increase in law enforcement on the roadways.
43.6 million Americans are expected to drive at least 50 miles over the course of the holiday, which means the State Highway Patrol will be sending extra units out looking for impaired drivers. The Patrol reports that last year in Ohio seventeen people were killed over the Thanksgiving holiday, and 30% of those deaths were alcohol related.
More than 42 million Americans are expected to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA says that's an 11.4% increase from last year.
"Friends and family, it's really once a year they get together, and they aren't going to allow the gas prices to discourage them or impact their decision on travel, to visit friends and family for the holidays," says local store manager, Rhoda Collins.
Because most people will be traveling between 50 and 80 miles to reach...