With the decreasing gas prices and the economy improving, many people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are expected to hit the roadways this Memorial Day weekend.
Traveling motorist should beware as state police will be adding extra patrols this weekend, including on Interstate 93. State police from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine will be working together to patrol and crackdown on potential DWI offenses.
Let’s not forget what this Holiday is really about. Memorial Day is remembering the men and women who died while serving our great country. For this we remember and are forever grateful.
According to Pat Moody spokesman for AAA Northern New England, he is projecting the number of travelers this Memorial Weekend will reach a post-recession high not only in the region, but across the country. Moody said an estimated 36.1 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more from home, including more than 1.6 million from New England.
It’s expected to be the second-highest number of Memorial Day weekend travelers in 14 years, he said. That means approximately 31.8 million people will hopping into their cars to get away — an increase of about 400,000 over last year, Moody said.
The Most Dangerous Weekend For Accidents
According to study recently released by the National Safety Council Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for road and highway accidents.
Driving Safety Tips:
• Hang up and drive – avoid cell use
• Never text and drive
• Wear your seat belts
• Have your vehicle safety inspected before heading out
• Do not drink and drive
• Drive defensively
• Plan ahead – know your route
Resource: National Highway Traffic Administration
Safety State tourism officials are optimistic as well, forecasting a 2 percent increase over a year ago. The estimated 560,000 out-of-state visitors expected this weekend are expected to spend about $89 million, said Tai Freligh, spokesman for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism.
For those heading north, the warm weather should make it pleasant for hiking, camping and other outdoor excursions most of the weekend, despite some rain today, according to National Weather Service meteorologist James Brown in Gray, Maine.
There’s a 50 percent chance of showers today, but that drops to about 30 percent on Saturday. Temperatures should rise from the 60s to the 70s during that time, but it could be cloudy at times, he said.
The forecast is revealing that Monday should be the best day, with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.
Source: Eagle Tribune – http://bit.ly/1kavIpt
By Shepherd and Osborne