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Many Americans are going to be on the move this Memorial Day weekend. Experts say traveler numbers could reach the highest point in over a decade.

AAA projects over 39 million Americans are travelling more than 50 miles for Memorial Day. This is one million more than last year and the highest numbers since 2005. This is the third consecutive year travelling numbers are projected to see growth.

That forecast comes despite higher gas prices. More than 88% of travelers are expected to drive, with gas prices being higher than last Memorial Day.

AAA Reports Higher Gas Prices Since Start of 2017

Jan 4, 2017
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A report by AAA  shows regular gas prices in South Dakota have increased an average of eight cents since the start of 2017.

Officials say the nationwide average of around $2.35 is the highest New Year’s price since 2014.

Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says one week ago, regular gas prices across South Dakota were fifteen cents lower than they are now.

She says the spike in prices is largely due to OPEC countries cutting down oil production levels.

Fourth of July Travel At All-Time High

Jun 27, 2016

This Fourth of July weekend could see record-breaking numbers of travelers. AAA predicts that increased auto and air travel may result in benefits beyond the holidays.

Nearly 43 million Americans are projected to travel this weekend. Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota expects the state to have a one percent increase over last year in holiday travel. She says this prediction is based on low gas prices, which are 40 cents lower in the state than last year.

South Dakota Reaches AAA Credit Rating

Jun 16, 2016
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A global finance organization just upgraded South Dakota’s credit rating. The improved rating helps the state pay lower interest rates on loans.

The Fitch Group bumped South Dakota’s issuer default rating from a AA+ to a AAA. This is the highest ranking offered by the financial group. The change affects $143 million in bonds issued by the South Dakota Health and Education Facilities Authority. Ernie Goss is the Economics Chair at Creighton University. He says the ranking is quite an accomplishment for the state.

A law making texting wile driving illegal in South Dakota takes effect on Tuesday. Motorists are prohibited from using a handheld device to write, send or read text messages except to contact emergency services.

Violators of the new law are subject to a $100 fine. "Texting behind the wheel is a triple whammy--it takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off of driving," says AAA South Dakota spokeswoman Marilyn Buskohl.

State Sees Slight Decrease in Gas Prices

Apr 8, 2014

South Dakotans are seeing a slight drop in gas prices this week. The average price across the state for a gallon of regular gasoline is about $3.52. The national average stands about six cents higher. Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says things like refinery problems or switching to summer blends cause the big jumps in price. She says citizens are fortunate gas prices haven’t seen a dramatic increase like last year.

Adults More Likely Than Teens to Use Phones While Driving

Dec 11, 2013

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows adults are more likely than teens to use their cell phones while driving. The study also shows almost everyone surveyed believe others who text or email behind the wheel are a serious threat to safety.

Gas Prices Reach Year Low

Dec 18, 2012

Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is the lowest it’s been all year. The current average $3.25. The previous lowest price of the year was three cents higher than today’s average, and was recorded almost a year ago on January 1st. Gas prices have declined for almost a month, and the current average is 17 cents less than a month ago. Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says fuel prices were slow to decline this year.