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Americans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With rain likely all weekend, it's a dangerous time to travel.  

State Troopers estimate 18 people will die in crashes, up from 14 last Memorial Day. Three quarters of a million Georgians are expected to hit the roads this weekend.  

One of the reasons for that congested travel, gas prices are much lower this Memorial Day period than they were this time last year.

Even so, Terry Sizemore won't be hitting the roads. She had planned to spend the weekend in her boat, but the weather isn't cooperating. 

"No, it's raining all weekend. That's exactly why I'm staying.

 The holiday travel period officially begins in about an hour and wraps up midnight Monday.

Last Memorial Day weekend, alcohol and lack of seatbelt use were the primary factors in most of the fatal crashes.

Police say if you travel, don't drink and drive and make sure everyone in your car is properly buckled up.


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