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Cheaper gas means more drivers this Labor Day weekend

Drivers planning to hit the road this weekend stand to see the cheapest Labor Day prices at the pump in over 10 years. Drivers planning to hit the road this weekend stand to see the cheapest Labor Day prices at the pump in over 10 years.
Sergeant First Class Shawn Urquhart Sergeant First Class Shawn Urquhart
GSP Troopers urge drivers to stay alert while on the congested roadways. GSP Troopers urge drivers to stay alert while on the congested roadways.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Drivers planning to hit the road this holiday weekend stand to see the cheapest Labor Day prices at the pump in over 10 years.

Georgia State Patrol believes more drivers will be out on the roads taking advantage of this cheap fuel.

The Labor Day holiday begins Friday night at 6.

Last year, troopers investigated close to 500 traffic crashes over the Labor Day weekend that resulted in 285 injuries and six deaths.

Troopers also arrested over 200 people for driving under the influence.

And while they continue to stress the importance of alert driving, which constitutes avoiding distractions such as phones and radios, they also said there are other poor choices that lead to accidents that could ruin your vacation.

“Everybody is in a hurry these days,” said SFC Shawn Urquhart with Georgia State Patrol. “Nobody wants to leave on time or take their time to get where they need to go.  So they tailgate or follow too closely and don't have time to properly stop.”

Sergeant Urquhart also reminds drivers that if you do get into an accident, pull over if possible and stay inside your car until help arrives. 

This prevents passing traffic from striking less visible people on the side of the road.

AAA Travel projects that 35.5 million Americans will travel this weekend, making it the highest volume for the holiday since 2008.

GSP said if you're caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.

Remember to buckle up and drive the speed limit. 

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