The roads are expected to be busy with people traveling for the holiday. AAA says they estimate 43 million Americans will travel for the Memorial Day weekend. The national average for a gallon of gas stands at $2.84, down two cents from a week ago. In Missouri, the average price is $2.54. That’s down two cents from last week, five cents from last month, and 17 cents from a year ago, when the average cost was $2.71.
In the lake area, Camden County is at $2.48, Morgan County is $2.49, and Miller County is $2.55.
The Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to use extra caution and allow more travel time during the holiday weekend. The patrol says they’ll be out with special enforcement operations during peak travel times Friday through Monday. As part of Operation CARE (or Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) they’ll be targeting all traffic violations, with a specific focus on distracted, impaired, and aggressive drivers. They’ll also be keeping an eye out for speeding and seatbelt violations.