Heaviest Memorial Day traffic in 10 years

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110704 Marietta : Marietta Independence Day parade which include 85 entries and approximately 2,000 participants in Marietta on Monday, July 4, 2011. Entries include marching units from the city of Marietta, Air National Guard Band of the South, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses.The end of the Parade marks the start of the Festival. Food concessions, arts and crafts and carnival will provide plenty to do for the whole family. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Don’t pretend you aren’t already thinking about Memorial Day weekend.

The good news is, you don’t have to worry about construction-related lane closures in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures on interstate and major state system highways beginning at noon Friday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The bad news is, AAA is predicting the heaviest auto travel for the holiday weekend in ten years — a 5.3 percent increase compared to last year. The uptick is due in part to gas prices that remain low compared to years past. If average prices nationally hold steady over the next few days, they will be the cheapest for Memorial Day weekend in at least five years.

With traffic deaths in Georgia up an average of 25% compared to last year, it bears repeating that all drivers should (pleasefortheloveofGod) wear seat belts, stay off the phone and focus on driving. Also, GDOT advises that in the event of a crash or breakdown, never get out of the car on the freeway unless your life is in imminent danger. Stay seat-belted, turn on emergency flashers, and wait for help.

Visit www.511ga.org or call 511 for live information about travel conditions in Georgia.


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