AAA of the Carolinas says 34.7 million people nationwide are expected to travel during the long holiday weekend, up 1.6% from last year’s figures. Gas prices in the state are about 11 cents lower this Labor Day than last, and airfares are up about 2%.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says officers will be on a stepped-up alert for speeders, aggressive drivers and others who may cause trouble on the roads this weekend. Statistics from the Highway Patrol show troopers investigated 14 fatal collisions and more than 400 injury collisions in North Carolina during the Labor Day holiday period last year.
Remember, most local, state and federal offices, banks and the post office will be closed Monday.