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AAA Predicts Busiest Travel Weekend Since 2008

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ARDMORE, OK -- If you're heading out of town for the holiday weekend, you're not alone. AAA is projecting the highest volume of traffic for the Labor Day weekend since 2008.

AAA classifies travel as going 50 miles or more from home.

And agents expect people to hit the highways in record numbers this weekend.

AAA says Oklahomans will be off the job and on the road this weekend.

The agency forecasts more than 400,000 Oklahomans will travel over Labor Day this year. A two percent increase from last year.

But increased traffic brings with it increased danger.

"Someone is killed every 51 minutes on a regular basis throughout the year," said Vicki Quinby, a AAA travel counselor. "You combine it with Labor Day holiday and it becomes one fatality every 34 minutes."

Nationally, travel is expected to grow by 1.4 percent with nearly 30 million hitting the road to get to their destinations.

PHP's Troop F detachment in Ardmore says the holiday weekend is the fifth busiest of the year.

"Lake Texoma and Lake Murray are destination locations," said Captain Ronnie Hampton. "So not only do we have people traveling to and from, but our population also increases." 

Troopers say motorists can expect to see more DUI checkpoints, which will include the Ardmore and Durant area, as well as no refusal operations.

"Inside the 77 counties of Oklahoma we're mobilizing larger than I've ever seen before," said Hampton.

What might be leading to these jump in travel numbers is because motorists are paying the lowest pump prices for early August since 2010.

"The prices are down particularly for Oklahoma," said Quinby. "We're one of the lowest in the nation."

With the increased number of drivers expected on the roads, AAA says to buckle up, stay off the phone, and give your full attention to the road

Agents in the Lone Star state say more than 2.5 million Texans will hit the highways.

AAA says Tipsy Tow service will be in action. It starts Friday at 6 PM and will run until 4 Tuesday morning

The number to call is 1-800-AAA-HELP.