Holiday Travel May Be Dangerous

Over 40 million Americans are gearing up to travel this weekend.

The Fourth of July weekend is the busiest time of the summer for the roads.   

It's also one of the most dangerous.

 

Many people just getting off work might be packing up right now and filling up their gas tanks to hit the road.   

According to AAA, traveling this weekend will be expensive and dangerous.   

The Nebraska State Patrol was out showing young drivers what can happen at AAA's safety day.   

State Patrol Authorities say last year during the 4th of July holiday weekend, travelers in Nebraska alone were involved in 20 crashes.

Seven of them were alcohol related.

There were also four fatalities and 30 DWI's.   

One thousand speeding tickets were given out.   

Troopers say wearing a seatbelt can increase your chance for survival by 50 percent.   

Along with being safe this weekend, you'll need your cash.   

AAA says there's been an 86 cent increase in gas prices since the Fourth of July last year.   

Prices in hotel costs and rental cars have gone up as well.   

The Nebraska and Iowa State Patrols will be lining the interstate every 10 minutes along interstate 80 from Des Moines to the Wyoming border.