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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - AAA predicts a small spike in gas prices earlier this month will keep some people at home this Fourth of July.

The group expects 37.1-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more next weekend. That's down nearly two percent from last year. AAA believes the rough economy and gas prices near $2.50 might be enough to force some to park their cars and campers. In southwest Georgia, gas prices dropped a little from last week and today drivers told us they'll pack up and hit the road. Janet Nelson is planning a 70-mile trip.

"Well, it's just important to get together with friends and family, it's just an important thing to do," said Janet Nelson.

AAA says while road traffic will be down, air traffic is expected to increase by 5-percent next weekend because of declining airfares.

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