Fewer people hit roads this Independence Day

Dusti Berard of Albany fills up the tank of her pick-up truck before leaving for Columbus.

/ Mike Manzoni

With gas prices about a dollar higher than this time last year, many people are choosing to travel closer to home or not at all this holiday.

39 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home this Independence Day, according to AAA. That amounts to a 2.5 percent decrease from last year.The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.55, but in Albany gas is as low as $3.44 per gallon.

"I'm staying local this year, but normally I would go out of town, but the gas prices are up," said Alvin Cannon of Albany. "I'm going to have to hang around and visit family in local areas." Cannon said he fills his tank up two or three time per week,

But the higher prices are not affecting everyone's travel plans.

"I'm fortunate enough to if I want to go somewhere I'm able to afford to go," said Dusti Berard of Albany. "I don't let gas prices stop me from doing what I want to do." Berard, who was on her way to Columbus for the holiday, said her pick-up truck takes about a half-a-gallon of gas for the round trip.

Ray Williams is waiting until after the holiday to travel. "I''m getting ready to travel out in a couple of weeks, but it [gas prices] didn't have anything to do with my plans."