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AAA Texas Predicts Record Travel For Fourth Of July Holiday

If you’re heading away for the Fourth of July holiday you won’t be alone

AAA Texas says record-breaking travel is expected this Fourth of July.

3.4 million Texans are expected to travel by car, air, train, and bus over the holiday.

AAA spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said record travel wasn’t always trending.

“There was a time in the mid-2000s were going to other way. Fewer people were traveling,” Armburster told News 88.7.

He said the record-breaking travel is partly due to a strong economy, the holiday being mid-week, and airfares being down by about nine percent.

AAA Texas also warns of drunk driving concerns. The group advises those who plan to consume alcohol to designate a non-drinking driver, call for a cab or approved ride-sharing service.

Armbruster said there are many alternatives to drunk driving- like a designated driver.

AAA Texas will offer a free community service called Tipsy Tow which aims to keep drinking drivers off the road.

The service will be available statewide from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 through 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 5.

Drivers may call 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers simply tell the AAA operators, "I need a Tipsy Tow," to receive the free tow. For rides more than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.

According to The Texas Department of Transportation, 15 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes over the fourth of July holiday period in 2016.

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