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Travel numbers expected to rise for holiday weekend

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If you’re planning to travel for Memorial Day weekend, expect plenty of company because AAA Carolinas predicts travel numbers will be up.

It may already be too late to book a flight out of ILM, and if your planning to drive this weekend you better leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

“Well generally memorial day weekend we kind of use as our kick-off to the summer weekend,” said Kim Hufham of the Cape Fear Visitors Bureau.

That seems to be a true for a majority of North Carolinians. AAA Carolinas predicts more than 750,000 people will drive through North Carolina for the holiday weekend. Another 60,000 passengers are expected to fly out of the Tar Heel State.

“On Friday and Sunday, the flights are already either booked or overbooked, so I think it’s going to be a very busy travel weekend for us here at ILM,” said ILM Operations Director Gary Broughton.

Even with all the full flights most people will be hitting the highway to get to their holiday destination. That’s no surprise with many popular destinations right here in southeastern North Carolina.

Just make sure you don’t drive too fast; North Carolina Highway Patrol is putting extra focus on automobile safety.

“We have had several fatalities involving unrestrained motorists and we’re really trying to concentrate our efforts on educating the public and also enforcement efforts to please wear your seat belt and keep your children buckled up,” said Troy Pope of the NC Highway Patrol.

If you’re thinking of having a few drinks at the holiday barbeque you might want to think twice before getting in the car. “We have got troopers working extra shifts this week to make sure that we can combat against that problem,” Pope added.

If you are planning to drive somewhere for the weekend, you might want to take a few minutes to make sure the car is road ready. The car care council recommends checking the fluids, hoses, belts, and tires before you take to the road. A 10-minute check could prevent you from breaking down or getting into an accident.

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If you’re planning to travel for Memorial Day weekend, expect plenty of company because AAA Carolinas predicts travel numbers will be up.

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