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AAA Kicks Off Unofficial Start of Summer

AAA Mid-Atlantic estimated that 918,000 Marylanders got away over the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27. The total represents a 3.4 percent increase over last year, and a new record according to AAA, which has been tracking Memorial Day weekend travel since 2001. 2019 also marks the fifth consecutive year Maryland exceeded 800,000 travelers. AAA estimates that 89 percent of Maryland Memorial Day travelers drove — a 3.4 percent increase — while the largest increase was in air travel with an estimated 74,500 Marylanders flying over the Memorial Day holiday, a 5.2 percent increase over 2018.

Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan joined AAA Mid-Atlantic and law enforcement officials on May 22 to kick off the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. The annual event, which was held at Hemingway’s Restaurant in Stevensville, included AAA travel projections and traffic safety initiatives, including AAA Mid-Atlantic’s recently launched distracted driving campaign, “Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.” The multi-year traffic safety effort seeks to make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.