Better economy, increased travel, and more traffic for Labor Day weekend

Montgomery AL. (WSFA) - The roads are packed this weekend, as folks mark the unofficial end of summer.

Reports predict more people will be traveling this year, based on a stronger economy and a drop in gas prices, factors many travelers are very happy about.

There are a variety of destinations travelers are taking to the roads this labor day weekend. The American Automobile Association predicts about 34.4 million people will make a trip of at least 50 miles, that's nearly a 10 percent increase from last year.

Low gas prices and an improving economy are being credited for the jump in numbers of people leaving home for the long weekend.

There will also be more law enforcement out on the roads this year. Alabama state troopers are participating in a nationwide effort called over the limit under arrest, aimed at curbing drunk driving.

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