Thanksgiving Gas Prices Lowest Since 2007

WICHITA FALLS, TX - According to AAA Texas, gas prices this Thanksgiving are cheaper than they have been in years.

While the holiday might be a favorite for many Americans, it's also been one of the deadliest. Per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, drunk driving is one of the biggest contributors to motor vehicle fatalities during the Thanksgiving season.

It's estimated that nearly 4 million Texans will be traveling 50 miles or more on the road to visit family and friends for Turkey Day, that's the highest number of estimated drivers for the holiday since 2007.

"Right now gas is so cheap in Texas and we're having great weather so we're expecting more cars than usual on the roads this Thanksgiving week," said Adele Lewis, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

The average price for a gallon of gas in the Lone Star State is hovering around $1.90. AAA Texas said that's the lowest Turkey Day travel price since 2008.

Those planning on having a drink or even two should keep in mind that drunk or drug driving is the state's leading cause of traffic fatalities.

"3,175 people have died on Texas roads to date and that number will undoubtedly increase as we go into the holidays with drunk driving. So find a sober ride," said Lewis.

According to the NHTSA, Thanksgiving 2012 was the deadliest holiday for traffic fatalities. There were just over 764 total deaths from motor vehicle accidents on that Turkey Day. 40% of those crashes involved drunk drivers.

"Speed is also equally to blame for a lot of the wrecks. People need to wear their seatbelts, abide by the speed limit and don't drive drunk," said Lewis.

If Texas drivers can remain safe and make sure they or someone else behind the wheel is sober, those traffic deaths could go down.

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