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Gas prices to impact holiday travel, added law enforcement out for holiday

Fourth of July Travel
Posted at 8:06 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 09:06:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - — Thousands are making their way across the country to celebrate the 4th of July.

"It's gonna be busy," Lieutenant Michael Grummert said.

One reason you can expect to see more people on the road, gas prices.

"We can expect to see very favorable prices,"AAA's Rose White said. Right now across Nebraska we're at looking at an average of about 2.54 a gallon and that's about 17 cents lower than last year."

White says although prices are lower this summer, they are fluctuating in some areas because crude prices are climbing.

Right now, they're about 60 dollars a barrel.

But for those traveling to the East coast, White says those gas prices could be higher.

That's because of a massive explosion at one of the oldest refineries on the East coast.

"You can expect to see some price increases there," White said. As far as how much, we don't know at this point it's all very unclear at this point."

In Nebraska, state troopers say their main concern is always safety as the holiday approaches.

"Just be aware of other vehicles around you (especially motorcycles), 4th of July they'll be a lot of motorcycles on the road, so remember that they're out on the road also," he said.

Lt. Grummert also says, expect to see additional troopers out.

"Especially for the 4th of July being that everybody's gonna be out and about, it is a huge travel day weekend," he said. We will have extra troopers out working, especially during night time looking to take impaired drivers off the road."

AAA's Tow-to-Go service is being offered Wednesday through 6 AM Friday.

The service is free.

You can find more information at, https://media.acg.aaa.com/aaa-predicts-record-breaking-489-million-to-travel-this-independence-day-holiday.htm