Lower Gas Prices Spike Number of Holiday Travelers

Published 08/29 2014 06:38PM

Updated 08/29 2014 06:47PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's considered the last unofficial weekend of the summer and many plan on enjoying it by going on vacation.

AAA is expecting the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home to spike this year.

Plenty of Missourians are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend but with gas prices the cheapest they've been in years, more people are expected to take advantage and hit the road.

"Just a little mini vacations is what the lower gas prices results in," said Mario Saegers  who attended a flea market in Kansas.

For those who didn't have big plans for the weekend but wanted to get away, they headed over to Sparks, Kansas for their annual flea market. Skipper Buckley, who also attended said, ""All the great stuff, a pickers dream."

The antiques and collectibles flea market is expected to draw hundreds this weekend. ""I love to watch people and I like antiques, but I love to watch people," said Terry Rule of Lawrence, Kansas.

Some traveled 100 miles to check out the deals, "Come up here just to check this place out, never heard of it saw it on Craigslist and here we are," added Buckley.

With more people on the highway, travelers in Missouri should also expect to see more officers on patrol.

"This year for Labor Day, it'll be on I-29 and we'll have a trooper every 20 miles from our troop line all the way up to Iowa State line," said Sgt. Jacob Angle with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Even if you're spending the weekend by the lake or plan to grill with the family, state troopers are reminding drivers to be safe.

"People are off all weekend and if your plans include alcohol we just really encourage you to have a sober designated driver. It's not worth getting out there on the roadways endangering yourself and other drivers on the roadway," Angle.

The every 20 mile enforcement is underway right now and runs through Monday night. Last year, state troopers arrested 119 people for drunk driving.

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