Biggest Memorial Day travel weekend in years predicted
"Our travel advisors have been working their tails off, they've been incredibly busy lately," said Jim Garrity, director of public affairs with AAA East Central.
And it's easy to see why.
AAA is projecting more than 37 million Americans to hit the road.
That's up by more than two million from last Memorial Day.
That'll make this the third busiest Memorial Day weekend in almost a quarter century.
It's why law enforcement is stepping up their efforts during what they call the '100 deadliest days of summer'.
"Last year, 18 Ohioans were killed in 15 fatal crashes over Memorial weekend alone," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Bridget Matt. "Of those fatalities, seven were a result of OVI related crashes, and in every one of those cases where a seatbelt was available, all of them were unbelted."
Over last Memorial Day weekend, troopers say they stopped more than 30,000 drivers across Ohio for going at least 20 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.
"A staggering 1,300 of those speed citations involved motorists that were speeding in excess of 100 mph," Sgt. Matt said.
Air travel will also be booming this holiday weekend.
AAA says more than three million of them will fly to their destinations.
That's up 11 percent from last year.
Not only that - air travel this weekend is expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels.
"I know the rule of thumb is you want to be at the airport two hours for a domestic flight before it takes off. It's not a bad idea this year to go three hours before," said Garrity.
All the more reason to make sure you plan ahead,, and use common sense whether you drive or fly.