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More people expected to hit the road this holiday weekend

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More people expected to travel this holiday weekend. (WFSB) More people expected to travel this holiday weekend. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

July 4th weekend is almost here and AAA projects it will be the busiest July 4th weekend ever, with more cars on the roads this year than ever before.

With all of those travelers comes dangers on the road, and police will be out in full force making sure everyone is staying safe.

There were a few arrests on Thursday evening at a checkpoint in Hartford on Broad Street.

Drinking and driving is a big problem around July 4. In fact, July 4 itself is the day of the year you are most likely to be killed in a car crash.

"We're asking everyone to make smart choices...you've heard it time and time again. This is truly a 100 percent preventable crime. Make the consciousness decision. Leave with a plan, designated driver, who's going to be the safe boat operator,” said Clinton Police Chief Vincent DeMaio.

With 43 million people expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend, comes higher risk of crashes.

According to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an average of 118 people die in a car crash each year on the 4th of July, compared to an overall daily average of about 90 deadly crashes.

The most dangerous times to travel are Thursday and Friday, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Monday July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"We'll travel early in the morning and then come back during the day but not so much at nighttime,” said Lynn Ford of Wethersfield.

Ford was heading to Rhode Island for the holiday weekend on Thursday, avoiding dangerous travel times and taking advantage of six-year low gas prices.

"I think the gas prices will make people travel a lot more,” Frank Landino of Newington said.

Landino was taking his family and their boat to Massachusetts on Thursday, and gas prices will help the trip.

According to Gasbuddy.com, gas is $0.47 cheaper now than it was a year ago at this time.

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