Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official start of the summer travel season. It has already been a busy weekend in the Magnolia State as people hit the road to celebrate the holiday. Meanwhile, gas prices are steadily rising, and road safety is on the minds of many.
Memorial Day Weekend travelers are facing some of Highest Gas Prices in Years. According to AAA, a spike in crude oil prices has lifted the national average price of gas by 31% over the past year.
“Gas has gone up tremendously. You must save to buy gas to go for your vehicle to get from point A to point B,” said a Jackson Resident.
While some drivers decided not to travel because of the gas prices, others were willing to deal with pain at the pump this holiday weekend.
“I don't even look at gas prices, I mean I got to get gas anyway, so I really don't pay attention to it,” said another driver.
Meanwhile, The Mississippi Highway Patrol is pushing their safety initiative "Drive to Survive.”
It kicked off Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Monday at midnight.
There are safety checkpoints in locations all over the state to make sure people are obeying the rules of the road.
According to Corporal Kervin Stewart, so far, there have been no fatalities for this weekend. But there have been more than 106 crashes and thirty-one people were injured in the collisions.
MHP has issued 2,600 citations and 54 for driving under the influence.
Troopers are hoping those numbers don't increase They are encouraging people on the road to buckle up, drive safely and please don't drink and drive to reduce accidents.
“I got a little bit of rain coming down here, but I hoping it will be smooth sailing on my way back,” said a Mississippi Driver.
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