Number of Memorial Day travelers high, more driving than flying

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Posted on May 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 7:21 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - Over 30 million Americans are packing their bags and enjoying the Memorial Day weekend away from home.

While the numbers are still high, experts said even more people were traveling at the same time in 2012.

Close to 34 million people are expected to travel in 2013, which is a decrease from the 35 million who traveled in 2012.

Analysts predicted the numbers would go down for a few reasons.

The first is the up and down nature of the economy.

On top of that, many working families do not have the extra money to take a trip since the payroll tax holiday ended.

Also, the United States had the lowest percentage of working age people in the workforce in 30 years.

All of those things mean less people are buying plane tickets and more are hitting the road this weekend.

Of those getting away, 89 percent will be driving to their Memorial Day destination.

Though many are still managing to get away despite the economy, experts predicted that they'll spend a few less dollars than 2012.

Law enforcement officials reminded drivers that the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is in place for the weekend. Officers will be on the lookout for those not buckling up.

(Get the Memorial Day Weekend forecast.)

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