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Lower gas prices might not mean more Memorial Day motorists

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Money, or the lack of it, is one reason ArkLaTex motorists give for not driving more despite lower gas prices. Money, or the lack of it, is one reason ArkLaTex motorists give for not driving more despite lower gas prices.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Some of you may be getting out of the city for Memorial Day weekend. That means filling up on gas. And with prices at the pump slightly lower this year, compared to last year at this time, you'd expect that might prompt more people to travel this holiday weekend. But that's 'not' the case.

Travel service AAA estimates that nearly 35-million Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend. That's down nearly a percent from a year ago. We met plenty of people who aren't going anywhere. Driver Samuel Moon told us, "Not this weekend. No." And fellow driver Lillie Shaw added, "No, I'm not."

And, local driver Sonya Jones explained, "I totally didn't even think about it being Memorial Day weekend so (laugh) until my husband said, 'Oh, I'm off 'til Tuesday.' Well, oh well."

One reason fewer people are hitting the road? "Money! (laugh) Economy... Money is tight on everybody," said local resident Ann Smith. Triple-A also blames the slump in travel on the uncertain economy.

Eighty-nine percent of people traveling will be driving. Even though gas prices are slightly down from last year, they've been on the rise this spring. You might just think that the rising or falling price of gas would affect whether people decide to travel or not on the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

But, the answer we got at one gas station is a little different. "No, you got to pay regardless. So, it doesn't bother me any. I mean, you have to have gas. If it goes up or goes down, you still have to have it, either way," added Sonya Jones.

One of the few people we met who did plan to travel, did consider the extra costs for gassing up. We caught up with driver Roy Hess at a Bossier City gas station as he filled up his truck's gas tank, who told us: "It does, when you're pulling a trailer and I'm going to have a car when I come back. You get pretty lousy gas mileage so it all adds up."

But Hess is still taking his road trip. And according to a survey from travel web site TripAdvisor 93-percent of people planning to drive this holiday will 'not' be affected by gasoline prices.

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