More than 700,000 Maryland residents are expected to be venturing out this weekend, but this number is a reduction from previous years according to the experts at the American Automobile Association (AAA). With gasoline prices higher than last year this time, the AAA believes that more people are spending their holiday at nearby attractions rather than traveling far afield.
As Maryland personal injury attorneys, I and my colleagues hope that the reduced number of Marylanders on the roadways may help to decrease the potential car, truck and motorcycle wrecks that normally occur at this time of the year. As this weekend is the annual kickoff to the summer season, more and more families are hoping to enjoy the warmer weather. Unfortunately, this swell of summertime driving can also mean extra traffic collisions, injures and more than a few automobile and trucking-related deaths.
Based on news reports, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates that the number of cars, minivans and SUVs on the road this summer will only be down by less than one percent from the year before, despite the higher level of gasoline prices across the country.
Drivers in Baltimore, Annapolis, Rockville and Washington, D.C., will be seeking a cost-conscious Memorial Day holiday and summer vacation season. By visiting nearby beaches and other tourist destinations, people may not be exposing themselves to the same amount of risk that they normally would when driving hundreds of miles from home.
According to reports, the holiday traffic will have Maryland State Police patrols plying the roadways and looking for aggressive drivers, speeders and those individuals who otherwise choose to drive under the influence of alcohol.
AAA predicts slight decline on Maryland roads from last Memorial Day, Gazette.net, May 25, 2011