Largest number of Nevadans in a decade heading out this weekend

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- One in every 10 Nevadans will be headed out of town this holiday weekend, according to AAA Nevada.

It says 291,200 people will travel 50 miles or more, up 3 percent from last Labor Day weekend and the highest number in nearly a decade.

"The holiday is earlier this year and a shorter summer may be contributing to the slight rise in travel we are expecting this weekend," AAA Nevada spokeswoman Lisa Foster said.

"Motorists can expect a number of cars on the road this weekend despite high gas prices," she added.

Foster suggested that people schedule fuel stops in cities with the most competitive prices. As of Thursday, the state average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2. Las Vegas was a nickel below the average, Reno 13 cents above.

The gas pumps will be getting a workout over the weekend as the AAA survey estimated 80 percent of the people traveling -- 232,500 -- will be driving. About 16 percent, or 47,800, will head for the airport while 10,800 will use some other form of transportation.


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