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Millions Expected to Travel for Independence Day

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AAA estimates that 41 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this weekend. That is up 1.9% from last year.

The Fourth of July is the busiest travel weekend of the summer. That normally means an uptick in car accidents. But there are some things people can do to stay as safe as possible on the highways.

"Now it's getting into the hot weather," NHP Trooper David Gibson said. "You need to check the fluids in your cars, make sure that your car is safe to travel, especially for a long distance."

Having good tires is also important. Three million people, in the west, are expected to travel more than 50 miles for Independence Day. 2.4 million of those will be driving.
"Make sure you buckle up for safety," Gibson said. "No talking or texting on your cell phones because the distraction can cause an accident out there. Make sure you're giving yourself enough room in between cars. So, no tailgating."

There is also a large increase in the amount of RVs and trailers on the roads, as people head for the outdoors. Nicole Dobrinski is a Sparks resident that is camping at Stampede Reservoir, this weekend.

"Sometimes we bring the boat and go boating but it's mostly hanging out, eating, and having a good time," Dobrinski said.

Campgrounds are popular destinations, with most reserving a spot ahead of time. Only one campsite was left at Logger Campground, this afternoon. Dobrinski was lucky enough to get a spot without a reservation.

"It's always nicer to be up in the mountains and it's my girls' first Fourth of July, camping," Dobrinski said.

Others came up here early, looking for a break from the real world without looking at the calendar.

"We just wanted to drive out here and then we realized afterwards that it was the Fourth of July weekend," Brian Paquette, Reno resident said. "So, that was pretty cool."  

"We just wanted to get away from the city for awhile," Rodney Pascual, Reno resident said. "Just to have some alone time and relax. Just have some s'mores. I haven't had s'mores in awhile."  

A lot of people's weekend plans include alcohol. Law enforcement officials are reminding people to drink responsibly and have a sober person behind the wheel, whether driving or boating. They will also have a DUI checkpoint set up on Highway 50 in Douglas County.
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