PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders are getting ready to hit the road for Labor Day weekend.
If you’re heading out, make sure to buckle up and allow extra time for your travels – because AAA says traffic is expected to be pretty heavy.
For the first time since the economic depression, AAA says the United States is experiencing the highest number of Labor Day weekend travelers.
“The roads are going to be very busy this weekend,” said Lloyd Albert of AAA Northeast.
AAA says 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes – a more than one-percent increase in comparison to last year.
“I think a couple factors are in play. One, this is a far more robust job market than previously and of course, lower gas prices are clearly playing into this equation as well,” Albert said.
State Troopers will be out in Rhode Island over the weekend – targeting drunk drivers.
Over last year’s Labor Day weekend, there were 342 car accidents across the Ocean State – one fifth of which resulted in serious injuries.
AAA is also projecting an increase in air traffic – with 2.6 million people traveling via plane.
“After several very, very difficult years for the tourism business, these numbers are very encouraging and they’re giving restaurants, hoteliers a good reason to be smiling this weekend,” Albert said.