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AAA says Memorial Day Holiday Travel to Rebound to More Than 37 Million

 

AAAOrlando, FL – AAA Travel expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

From May 27th through May 31st, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The return of AAA’s Memorial Day holiday travel forecast predicts 60% more travelers than last year, still nearly 6 million fewer than pre-pandemic. (AAA)

The return of AAA’s Memorial Day holiday travel forecast predicts 60% more travelers than last year, still nearly 6 million fewer than pre-pandemic. (AAA)

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AAA reports Tennessee Gas Prices remain Steady

 

AAANashville, TN – The Tennessee gas price average held steady over the last week with the state average remaining unchanged from the previous week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.69 which is the same as one month ago and $1.15 more than one year ago. 

“While April saw minimal fluctuation, May is likely to see much larger increases alongside demand spikes, especially closer to Memorial Day weekend,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Compared to May 2019, U.S. gasoline demand is down only 4% and gas prices are, on average, just two cents more.”

Tennessee remains the 10th least expensive market in nation. (AAA)

Tennessee remains the 10th least expensive market in nation. (AAA)

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Tennessee Highway Patrol To Have High Visibility During Memorial Day Holiday

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) plans to increase patrols and utilize a variety of traffic safety enforcement tools to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes across the state during this year’s Memorial Day holiday period. The THP will conduct saturation patrols, seat belt and sobriety checkpoints, as well as increased visibility on high-crash corridors throughout the summer to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes.

“This is not the typical Memorial Day that signals the start of summer travel,” Colonel Dereck Stewart said. “We continue to see fatalities on the rise with fewer vehicles on the road. I have instructed Troopers to proactively enforce seat belt laws, reckless and impaired driving this weekend and throughout the summer months. These behaviors are the common contributors to injury and death on the roadways of Tennessee.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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TWRA says Tennessee’s Summer Boating Season traditionally starts Memorial Day Weekend

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend is upon us and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to emphasize the use of life jackets along with boating in a safe and responsible manner.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is regarded as the unofficial start to the summer boating season and is one of the year’s busiest boating weekends. Last year, there were no boating-related fatalities during the holiday weekend for the fifth consecutive year.

Life Jacket - Wear It

Life Jacket – Wear It

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Clarksville Parks and Recreation prepares safe, responsible Summer Events, Programs

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – As the weather warms up, so does the desire to participate in traditional Clarksville Parks and Recreation events, programs and activities at parks, pools and athletic facilities.

However, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines will continue to have a major impact on operations for parks and recreation departments here and across the country.

“Although this will not be a normal summer in regard to Clarksville Parks and Recreation programs and services, we are eager to operate safely and responsibly where possible,” said Jennifer Letourneau, Director of Clarksville Parks and Recreation.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Office

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Office

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AAA says Motorists to see Cheapest Memorial Day Pump Prices in Nearly Two Decades

 

AAANashville, TN – After breaking a ten week decline last week, Tennessee gas prices continue to inch higher. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.63 which is only a two cent increase over last week and three cents higher than one month ago.

To keep things in perspective, Tennesseans are still experiencing gas prices that are 92 cents cheaper compared to this time last year.  

Tennessee currently the 10th least expensive market in the nation. (AAA)

Tennessee currently the 10th least expensive market in the nation. (AAA)

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TDOT to Suspend All Lane Closure Activity for the Memorial Day Weekend

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00noon on Friday, May 22nd through 6:00am on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

No Road Construction Delays for Memorial Day Travelers. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

No Road Construction Delays for Memorial Day Travelers. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

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AAA reports COVID-19 Pandemic Will Suppress Memorial Day Travel but Travelers Already Planning Future Trips

 

AAANashville, TN – For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19 Coronavirus. The annual forecast – which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend – will return next year.

Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

When it is safe to travel, AAA expects vacationers will explore America's backyard. (AAA)

When it is safe to travel, AAA expects vacationers will explore America’s backyard. (AAA)

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AAA reports U.S. Gasoline Stocks rose Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

 

AAATampa, FL – AAA says that just before the busy Memorial Day weekend, refineries across the country boosted their crude utilization rate to 91.2% — a significant increase to a spring season which has seen utilization in the 86-88% range, mostly due to unexpected and planned maintenance.

The higher rate helped boost gasoline stocks by 2.2 million bbl to 230.9 million bbl last week, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly petroleum status report for the week ending on May 24th.

AAA says increased Gas Inventories will help keep Pump Prices down this Summer. (AAA)

AAA says increased Gas Inventories will help keep Pump Prices down this Summer. (AAA)

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TWRA reports No Boating Related Fatalities over Memorial Day Weekend

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – There were no boating-related fatalities over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday weekend according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). This is the fifth consecutive year without a boating fatality over the holiday weekend.

During the period from May 24th-27th, there were five injury incidents and six property damage incidents. TWRA Region IV in East Tennessee, had two of the injury and five property damage incidents.

TWRA Says There Were No Boating Related Fatalities over 2019 Memorial Day Weekend

TWRA Says There Were No Boating Related Fatalities over 2019 Memorial Day Weekend

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