Higher gas prices won't keep Texans at home during the Fourth of July holiday.  Triple-A Texas spokesperson Sarah Schimmer says millions of us are going to take a trip at least 50 miles from our home.

“Triple-A Texas is forecasting 2.5-million Texans will be driving to cookouts and fireworks displays this weekend,” Schimmer says.  “That is a 3.1-percent increase.”

The Triple-A says travel sentiment -- people wanting to travel -- is up about 10 percent.  Gas prices have reached a level not seen since 2008.

Schimmer says it’s important to be safe.

“We want this weekend's celebrations to be fun, but most importantly safe,” she says.  “Deaths and injuries as a result of drinking and driving are entirely preventable.  They do not have to happen.”