The Rolling Holiday: Lower Gas Prices, Defensive Driving and '100 Deadly Days' 

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They're called the "100 deadliest days of summer"—Memorial Day to Labor Day—and law enforcement and transportation officials are warning motorists to be especially cautious on the roads during the next several months. In the past five years, 328 people were killed on Idaho roads during the period from late May to early September.

Local law enforcement, along with Idaho State Police and the Idaho Transportation Department, are launching the "100 Deadliest Days" awareness campaign, reminding drivers that there are four main factors that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes: driving distracted, driving impaired, excessive speed and not buckling up. The agencies are asking the public to help keep distracted or impaired drivers off the road by dialing *ISP (*477) and report troubling behavior.

The AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday weekend—a 4.7 percent bump from last year and the highest number for the Memorial Day holiday period since 2005. Of those travelers, about 33 million will drive—a 5.3 percent increase over last year. Locally, AAA expects 200,000 people in Idaho will be traveling this weekend—nine out of 10 of them driving. 

A good reason for more people behind the wheel this weekend is the price at the pump. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas hovered around $3.60 at this time last year. Today, it's closer to $3 a gallon and significantly lower at some service stations.
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