June 30, 2008|
1.5 Million Michiganians Have July 4 Travel Plans, says AAA
Jim Rink (313) 336-1513
For the first time, two Michigan destinations have been ranked in the Top 10, signifying that more state residents are traveling in Michigan, staying closer to home.
Tourism in Michigan is a $15-billion-a-year industry, and the state remains one of the best travel values. According to the 2008 edition of AAA’s Annual Vacation Costs Survey, the recommended travel budget for two adults traveling together in Michigan is $211.19 per day for lodging and meals -- $33 less than the national average of $244 per day.
This year, the official 78-hour Independence Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Thursday (July 3), and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday (July 6). During last year’s 30-hour July Fourth holiday period, 4 people died in 4 fatal crashes on roads across the state. Two (50 percent) of last year’s deaths were alcohol-related. Of the 4 occupants killed, only one (25 percent) was wearing his or her safety belt.
This year, Michigan law enforcement agencies will focus extra attention on unbuckled motorists to make this the safest Independence Day on record. The Auto Club advises motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time to navigate construction areas on the state’s highways.
For traffic and detour information, motorists can call 1-800-411-4823. Or, before leaving, check the AAA Michigan Web site,www.aaatraffic.com
, for updated traffic information.
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