41 Million Americans Hitting the Road
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 41 million Americans are taking trips of at least 50 miles or more this Fourth of July holiday weekend. At least 13 million people will be traveling on July 3rd alone.
Auto Club AAA says the number of overall travelers is down slightly from last year's Fourth of July weekend. About 84% of holiday travelers are driving to their destination, while about 8% are flying. AAA also says the average weekend trip will be 613 miles and that the median spending on that trip will be $747.
Wyoming Gas Prices Mixed
One of the big factors in holiday travel spending is gas prices. In Wyoming, prices have been scattered as a result of an additional 10-cent a gallon fuel tax that kicked in on Monday.
K2 News has noticed that gas prices rose around 10-cents a gallon in Casper between Sunday and Monday. But AAA says the average price in Casper since last Wednesday has only gone up about 3-cents and currently stands at around $3.32 a gallon. The auto club says the average in Cheyenne has remained steady at $3.46, despite the tax increase.
Across Wyoming, the average is up about two cents to $3.60 a gallon. Nationally, the price per gallon has fallen in the last week from $3.54 to $3.48.
Authorities Crack Down on Drunk Boaters
With warm temperatures and a holiday weekend, hundreds of people across Wyoming are expected to flock to the state's lakes and reservoirs. Officials say the 4th of July is one of the busiest times of the year on the lake.
With increased boat traffic, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding boaters that it is against the law to operate a boat under the influence. While alcohol is allowed on watercraft, boat operators must have a blood-alcohol level of no higher than .10%. That is higher than the .08 limit for drivers.
Nearly 41 million Americans will travel over the holiday weekend.