UPDATE: Memorial day travel

UPDATE:

Friday is set to be the busiest travel day over the Memorial holiday weekend.

Trip Advisor said 30 percent of travelers will be leaving Friday.

But it could be costly because the national average gas prices could top $3 per gallon.

"I can understand raising prices for a lot of things," said Darrell Allen of Brainard.  "But do you always gotta raise it when it comes summer time?  Everybody wants to go to the lakes, everybody wants to do something."

"That’s a little steep," said Michael Luna of Lincoln.  "I hadn’t noticed because I haven’t been looking, but yeah, that’s not okay."

Despite the frustration over those prices, that’s not stopping travelers like Allen, who wants to drive to Kansas to spend the weekend at the lake.

"I mean, what else you going to do?" Allen said.  "Unless you want to pedal 300 miles to the lake and then pedal your boat into the water, it ain’t happening."

Another thing to watch out for: the heat.  Forecasters said we’ll see temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees.  And in some places, those temperatures could be record breaking…

But that still won’t deter some travelers.

"I’m a family man," Luna said.  "I gotta take the kids out or they go nuts."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said this can be a deadly holiday.  They said drunk driving killed 160 people this time last year.  They encourage you to designate a sober driver or use taxis or public transportation.

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Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

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It’s here! the unofficial start to summer!

Memorial day is upon us.

And with that comes rising gas prices.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter Joe Harris has more in tonight’s top story.

That’s right, Rod and Megan.

I’m here along Highway 77 and Old Cheney.

As you can see traffic has picked up.

Today is set to be the busiest travel day over the memorial holiday weekend and could also be costly.

Trip Advisor says 30 percent of everyone heading to a memorial day destination will be leaving today.

And travel on the road, despite high gas prices, is up six percent this year with 74 percent of people driving.

National average gas prices could top *three* dollars per gallon.

"I can understand raising prices for a lot of things.  But do you always gotta raise it when it comes summer time?  Everybody wants to go to the lakes, everybody wants to do something," said Darrell Allen.

Michael Luna said, "That’s a little steep…I hadn’t noticed because I haven’t been looking, but yeah, that’s not okay."

Despite that frustration, folks say that’s something they just have to deal with unless they want to ride their bikes to the lakes.

Now another thing to note, the forecast says we’ll be seeing some hot weather this weekend with temps between 95 and 100.

We’ll have more on this story tonight at 10.

This is Joe Harris reporting live with Channel 8 Eyewitness News,

Back to you, Rod and Megan.