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Drivers Prep for Fourth of July Travel

Holiday Road TravelingEUGENE, Ore. — The Fourth of July if Friday, but the travel holiday periods kicks off Wednesday are runs through Sunday.

AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend–that’s up almost 2 percent from last year.

Drivers told KEZI 9 News they’re frustrated with the rising prices at the pump, but it’s not stopping them.

“I drove and extra two miles just so I could save $3, so it’s definitely wreaking havoc on a lot of travelers,” said Corey Dilch, who’s traveling to Seattle.

“I’m not going too far, so it shouldn’t. I’m just going to see some family and friends,” said Brian Schault, who’s driving 60 miles.

AAA says the troubling events in Iraq have driven up the price of crude oil.

The national average price for gas right now is $3.67 a gallon.

In Oregon, the average price has climbed to three dollars and 98 cents per gallon.

Portland is still below $4. In Eugene and Springfield, the highest at $4.03. Medford, Ashland, and Bend are a penny cheaper, but prices statewide should continue to climb.

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