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Traffic on I-395 in Alexandria, Va. / Alex Brandon, AP

Some 94.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday season, a 0.6% increase over last year, according to AAA.

Of those hitting the road, 91% - or 85.8 million - will travel by automobile; holiday air travel is projected to decline slightly to 5.53 million from 5.61 last year, the auto club says.

Median spending on a trip (for transportation, lodging, food, etc) during the period, Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, is expected to rise to $765 per travel party, up from $759 a year ago.

"While economic growth has stagnated and consumer confidence has fallen, Americans will not be Scrooges when it comes to traveling this year," says AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall Doney.

Drivers should expect a robust police presence: U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other highway safety officials on Tuesday kicked off the nation's annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" winter holiday crackdown on intoxicated driving.

"We've made tremendous strides in changing the social norms associated with drinking and driving, but the problem is far from solved," said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association.



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