Some New Jersey residents hit the road early ahead of the Memorial Day holiday

Many New Jerseyans are traveling by car and hit the road a day early before the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2021, 12:28 AM

Updated 1,058 days ago

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Are you planning on traveling away this Memorial Day weekend? AAA says that airline travel is up 604% this year and that travelers should anticipate lines at area airports.
But many New Jerseyans are traveling by car and hit the road a day early before the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
AAA says that car travel will account for 94% of this weekend’s travel. Many state residents left on Thursday to get ahead of the holiday traffic, while others left town to avoid large summer crowds.
News 12 New Jersey spoke with some people who were out in some of the traffic Thursday evening.
“It is crazy, full of traffic. You can’t get anywhere, but it’s nice,” says Vanessa Johnson of Toms River.
“You gotta find all the backroads to try to get around the traffic, but it’s everywhere. You just make it work,” says Alyssa Thornton of Toms River.
AAA says that trains and buses saw a small increase in travel compared to air and personal vehicle travel.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey State Police are warning drivers to use caution this holiday weekend. They say that this time last year five people were killed in four crashes. Three of those crashes were drug or alcohol-related.
Troopers will be out to boost road enforcement Friday night through Tuesday morning. More than 160 troopers will be on that special detail.


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