More traffic, lower gas prices expected for Labor Day weekend

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If you plan on hitting the road for Labor Day weekend, you might want to schedule in extra time to get to your destination.

According to AAA Carolinas, the number of travelers in the state will increase by 5 percent due in part to an improving economy, higher consumer confidence and lower gas prices.

The state’s average gas price has fallen to $3.46, nearly 8 percent lower than the $3.72 average heading into Labor Day weekend last year.

The most expensive gas in the state can be found in Raleigh at $3.52 and the least expensive is in Fayetteville at $3.38, according to AAA.

Most holiday drivers are expected to travel on Friday and Monday.

Law enforcement officers across the state will be enforcing the “Booze it and Lose It” seasonal campaign, which started August 16 and runs through Monday. The campaign includes checkpoints and stepped-up patrols in an effort to remove drunk drivers from the roads.

Most construction projects will also be suspended for the weekend. Construction delays can be found on the NCDOT’s website.