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Eight dead on Georgia roadways during Memorial Day holiday weekend

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The Memorial Day holiday weekend is almost over and hundreds of thousands of travelers are expected to return to metro Atlanta by way of the roads and airways.

According to AAA, as many as 42 million people are traveling for the holiday, up nearly five percent from last year. The organization's travel forecast for 2018 finds that nearly 37 million people will travel by vehicle with an additional 3 million traveling by air.

According to GDOT, construction-related lane closures are suspended across the state until Tuesday in order to help ease congestion. 

As drivers headed out, they found the highest prices at the pump since the Memorial Day holiday of 2014. Gas prices across the nation are averaging about $2.72 a gallon, an increase of 33 cents from 2017.

Hitting the airways, as gas prices jump, AAA says airfares are lower. The organization says prices for the average airline ticket are down seven percent from last year, with the average price for a round-trip ticket at $168. The average cost for a rental vehicle is also down.

Speaking of the roadways, there have already been multiple fatalities reported during the holiday weekend. According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, eight people have been killed on wrecks on Georgia roadways. That's up from last year when six people were killed.

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