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Arizona drivers expected to pack the roads this Labor Day weekend

Holiday travel increase due to low gas prices. (Source: Tucson News Now) Holiday travel increase due to low gas prices. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Most people consider, Labor Day weekend as the last holiday of the summer. Many lucky people are taking three or four days to travel with family and friends.
 
According to AAA Arizona, 1.5 million people from the state are expected to travel over the next four days. Of that total, 1.2 million people plan to drive to their Labor Day destination. That is an increase of six percent over past years. 
 
AAA believes one of the reasons for the increase in driving is gas prices. This time last year, the average for Tucson was $2.30. Right now, the average is $1.95, some 35 cents less than last year.  For drivers of a typical 4 door sedan, it would cost $34.50 to fill up in 2015, however, in 2016 it is only $29.25.

Road tripping families won’t be the only ones on the road. The Department of Public Safety, will have what they’re calling an “intense enforcement” over the Labor Day weekend. Troopers are hoping for a zero fatality holiday weekend.

They will be out looking for drivers that are impaired, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding.

Statewide, there were 226 collisions during the Labor Day Holiday last year, two of those crashes were fatal. In 2014, there 214 crashes on state highways and one of them was fatal during the holiday weekend. These crash stats are all according to DPS. 
 
If you would like to know how much money you will be paying for gas on your trip. Try out the AAA gas calculator, click here.

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