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5/28/04

Record-High Travel Memorial Day Weekend

Americans will be traveling in record numbers this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA estimates nearly 37 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home. That's an increase of almost 4 percent from last year.

DPS troopers say they'll be out in full force to look for drunk drivers, speeders, and seat-belt violators.

"Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year," Trooper Jeanne Steely, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said. "It's the first of summer and the weather is beautiful and everybody wants to go on vacation."

According to the DPS, the deadliest time on the road is between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when alcohol and fatigue cause the most wrecks.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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