AAA Predicts Heavy Traffic This Holiday Weekend

Labor Day weekend is back for another year, and that means heavy traffic for all you travelers out there. In fact, the company predicts nearly 35 million Americans will be on the roads for the holiday.

AAA's sales and service agent, Brent Dabler, thinks the high volume of traffic could be linked to lower gas prices and a better economy. Dabler said, "Since the recession hit, every holiday we keep on inching up for more and more travelers."

According to Dabler, this year's prediction isn't that far off from last year. "It's not that large of an increase," said Dabler, "It's a 1.3 percent increase over last year... It's just a slow increase, and it's slowly inching up to the numbers before that."

Karissa Plautz already has plans with her friends and family for the weekend. "Well of course we have to watch the Badger game on Saturday," said Plautz, "And on Sunday morning, we're hoping to travel up to Lake Tomahawk at the Indian Mounds camp ground."

Plautz says she knows holidays, like Labor Day, can usually cause traffic. So if she runs into a little congestion on the road she wouldn't be surprised. Dabler says when it comes to avoiding the traffic, it's all about timing.

"You know, the biggest recommendation is always to not travel during the peak travel times," said Plautz, "The peak travel times would be, you know, Friday night and Monday afternoon." And that's exactly what Jim Groth is doing.

Groth and his family are heading up to their cabin to relax for the weekend. He says they're leaving early Friday afternoon and coming back late Monday evening. "We've always done that every year... gone up earlier and come back later so it makes it much better for us for traveling," said Groth.

And as always, whenever traffic is heavier than usual pay closer attention to your surroundings. "Slow down a little bit," said Dabler, "Just pay more attention when switching lanes... be more aware of everybody else there, because it's not just you and a couple other cars out there. It's a lot of people that are traveling."

Last year, 10 people died in 10 different traffic crashes during Labor Day weekend. So to prevent future deadly crashes nearly 400 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will be out to enforce the "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" campaign.

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