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Memorial Day is less than two weeks away.  It of course kicks off the start of summer.  After enduring a wicked winter, Michiganders will start the season by traveling in record numbers.  That from AAA Michigan officials

“I think people have had it with rain, sleet and snow and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches in Michigan and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches and a good time in Michigan and kicking off Memorial Day in a safe and happy way.”

AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 7 cents in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club said late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.93 per gallon. Prices are about 52 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.85 in the Traverse City area. The highest was about $2.97 in the Ann Arbor area. The Detroit-area's average was about $2.94, up about 6 cents per gallon.

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As the construction season moves full speed ahead across Michigan roads and highways, AAA Michigan is kicking off some special alerts.  The alerts are part of a series: “ Coping with construction.” 

It’s the first in a series of alerts that are being issued by AAA Michigan.  Entitled “Coping with Construction”, the idea behind the alerts is to provide commuters help when dealing with all the spring and summer construction projects that may cause headaches for drivers.  Here’s West Michigan Field Manager, Steven Giffel with tips to avoid any problems.

For many Michiganders, the beginning of December and the coming weekend signals the traditional time to bring home a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  Based on information from a new survey, AAA is urging motorists to take extra steps to safely secure Christmas trees for transporting.   

“A new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, so we want to help people prevent dangerous road debris.”

AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that's up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. 

Tomorrow is Halloween. And while most tend to get excited about the day, AAA Michigan has issued its annual safety alert, for children and adults.  AAA officials says Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists.

“Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year with the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating, the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, it makes for a frightening combination.”

Michigan has declared a state of energy emergency to address fuel supply problems resulting from Harvey. Gov. Rick Snyder's office says he issued an executive order Thursday. It allows the suspension of some vapor pressure regulations for petroleum products being trucked in some areas across the state. Snyder says his executive order "will help ensure there are no artificial shortages of fuel impacting the state's residents or visitors." 

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AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 per gallon. That's about 9 cents more than at the same point last year. AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.32 per gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas. 

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have decreased by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.29 per gallon. That's about 7 cents less than at the same point last year.

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Michigan’s 4th of July holiday travel forecast puts lots of folks on the road.  Close to 1.5 million will journey 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day weekend.  AAA says the high volume of travelers could be good news for the state..

“AAA is predicting that the travel forecast is going to hit a 15 year high in Michigan.”

That’s Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director for AAA Michigan who says the travel numbers are adding up on the plus side for the state.

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