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More people, police expected on the roads for Labor Day

6:22 AM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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More people are expected to hit the road for the long Labor Day weekend this year.

AAA predicts 34 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away from home.

Just about 30 million of them are expected to use a car, which AAA says is an increase of at least one million from last year.

One reason, the travel organization says, is an overall decrease in gas prices.

The national average is right around $3.50 a gallon, which is lower than Labor Day weekend last year and lower than this time at the start of the recession.

"Gas prices are like 30 cents cheaper than they were a few months ago. So that's, what? Another gallon I get for every 50-60 bucks I spend?" said holiday traveler Ian Renfrow.

Law enforcement officers on the First Coast and beyond also have plans to be out in force this Labor Day.

Members of Florida Highway Patrol will join their counterparts from Georgia for a news conference in Nassau County on Thursday.

They will announce from the Florida Welcome Center off Interstate 95 their participation in the "Hands across the Border" initiative.

For 22 years now, the initiative has aimed to make the roads safer for drivers during the busy Labor Day travel weekend.

Extra officers from Georgia, Florida and Alabama are put onto the roads to look for drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and other traffic infractions.

Florida Highway Patrol will also announce on Thursday it is going to participate in an eight state initiative to make Interstate 10 safer on Labor Day.

The states stretch from Florida to California, and each of them will be committing law enforcement resources to protecting drivers during the Labor Day holiday.

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