Friday, May 25, 2012
Inspections help ensure consumers are buying the type of gas advertised, officials said.
When you head to the gas station to fuel up this holiday weekend, will you be purchasing the type of gas that’s advertised? Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot hopes so. Thursday, ahead of Memorial Day, Franchot joined state field enforcers during a routine inspection of a Bethesda Exxon station near the Westfield Montgomery Mall. State inspectors regularly perform tests at Maryland stations to determine whether the gasoline grade that’s advertised matches the fuel’s octane level, Franchot said. “We want to make sure when someone comes into a gas station in Maryland and pays money for high octane gas, that it is in fact high octane gas,” Franchot told reporters. Of the 2,300 gas stations in Maryland, more than 2,000 have been inspected …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Or pay the price.
If you don't want to start - or end - your Memorial Day weekend festivities with a ticket, then you better buckle up. Police across Maryland will be strictly enforcing seatbelt laws over the Memorial Day weekend. "We will be looking for you and your passengers who aren’t buckling up properly and we will issue tickets to anyone not in compliance," according to a news release by the Maryland National-Capital Park Police. The Park Police will be focusing on nighttime enforcement on Beach Drive, Sligo Creek Parkway and Little Falls Parkway, during the holiday weekend, police said. "Statistics show nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers," police said. Nationally, more than 10,000 passenger occupants were …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
AAA projects more than 34 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from
home this weekend.
As families gear up for the official welcome of summer, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home Memorial Day Weekend. The travel club says the number of travelers increased by more than 500,000 from last year. More people will be on the roads instead of the air this year, according to AAA. More than 30 million people plan to drive to their destination, up 1.2 percent from the 30.3 million whodrove last year. According to The Washington Post, retail gas prices dropped by a penny to anational average of $3.71 per gallon on Friday after a spike in April and the weaker demand is also helping to push down prices. “The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly, …