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Weekend Road Travel Expected To Be Heavy


Anyone taking a road trip this holiday weekend should expect the highways to be busy.

Nationally, Labor Day travel is projected to increase this year, to the highest levels since 2008. Marie Dodds is with AAA. She expects more than ten percent of North-westerners to take a long trip this weekend.

Dodds: "It's going to be a very busy travel weekend. By far and away most people are going by car. About 86% of people nationally and about 80% of people here in the Pacific region will be driving to their Labor Day destinations."

Dodds says gas prices have edged down ten cents per gallon since the yearly high of $3.99. Oregonians pay more for gas than drivers in every state except Alaska and Hawaii, but Dodds says vacationers plan to cut costs in food and hotels, not gas, this weekend.

Oregon State Police and many local traffic enforcement agencies will work overtime. Labor Day weekend is the second most dangerous holiday for highway travel and police hope an increased presence will reduce traffic deaths.

Karen Richards has been a KLCC reporter since the fall of 2012.
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