Utah Department of transportation is advising us to prepare for a packed Memorial Day weekend. It is estimated that more than 2.8 million Mountain West residents will travel by car 50 miles or more to open the deadly summer travel season. The number is up 5.7 percent from last year and is expected to be the highest number of travelers for Memorial Day weekend since 2005.
A Utah spokesman from AA stated that a stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income. This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Mountain West residents are eager to take that long overdue weekend getaway.
More than 37 million people around the nation will drive somewhere for the holiday weekend and it is estimated, there will be a 4.7 increase from 2014. Over 234,000 Mountain West residents will fly to their destinations. The 100 deadliest days of summer begin Memorial Day weekend and last through Labor Day weekend. Utah Department of Transportation warns there is usually a 35 percent increase in traffic deaths in Utah. There were 96 deaths on Utah roads last summer, and police said alcohol was involved in a lot of them.
Wherever your plans take you this upcoming holiday weekend keep safe on the road by slowing down and not driving aggressively. William Rawlings & Associates, your Utah accident lawyers, wish you a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.