It's five days before Christmas and the holiday travel frenzy has officially begun. Millions will be hitting the roads and the skies over the next few days. Surveys predict more North Carolinians than ever will be on the road this holiday weekend, proving sky-high gas prices aren't enough to keep them from friends and family. Those sounds can only mean one thing: holiday travel is officially underway. More than 1.64 million North Carolinians will be hitting the road between now and Christmas, up one and a half percent over last year. That's despite gas prices that are up 30 percent over last Christmas. According to AAA, Wilmington has the state's lowest gas prices, averaging $2.91 a gallon. It's less than that in many places. But that's not enough of a break to inspire everyone to hit the road. With so many cars hitting the road, state highway officials are suspending all road construction between Friday night and January 2. But work zone speed limits will remain in effect. The Highway Patrol is urging drivers to watch their speed and avoid drinking and driving. There were 24 highway deaths in North Carolina over the Christmas and New Year's holiday period last year. If you're taking a long trip, AAA recommends taking a break every two hours to stretch.
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