AAA Nebraska: gas prices down in time for holiday travel

May 23, 2014

AAA expects 36.1 million people will travel 50 or more miles from home during the Memorial Day weekend.

AAA Nebraska spokeswoman Rose White says that’s up one-point-five percent from last year. She says drivers can expect to see lower gas prices in Nebraska compared to last year at this time.

"Last year in fact, across Nebraska, some communities were reporting all-time record highs for fuel prices because of regional refinery issues. This year it’s a different story, prices are down about 50 to 60 cents a gallon compared to a year ago. So across the state we can expect to pay about $3.48 for a gallon of unleaded fuel."

State officials said Thursday that 74 people have died this year on Nebraska roadways. That’s up one from 2013. White says the number of deaths in crashes on rural roads is up 71 percent from last year, with 24 deaths reported from January 1 to May 20.