Memorial Day Weekend is No. 1 for fatal traffic accidents

Memorial Day travel will be at its highest level since 2005 this year, with 39.3 million Americans trekking 50 or more miles away from home, according to motor club association AAA. And more than 80% of those — 34.6 million people — will be on the roads.

Based on travel bookings with AAA, the top travel destinations in the U.S. for Memorial Day Weekend are Orlando, Florida, Seattle, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada, New York, and Honolulu. The influx could be dangerous: In fact, Memorial Day weekend is the most deadly time to drive, according to personal-finance website ValuePenguin, with an average of 312 fatal accidents a year between 2011 and 2015, followed by Labor Day Weekend (308 fatal accidents) and July 4th Weekend (307 fatal accidents).

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