Published: Sat, September 03, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Labor Day gas prices may be the cheapest it's been in years

“Drivers are saving on average about $12 for a 15-gallon fill-up compared to a year ago at this time and about $22 per fill-up compared to 2012, when pre-Labor Day gas price averages were $4.10 to $4.20 a gallon, ” says Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The five-day holiday period began Thursday and will run through Monday.

Of course, the recent increases pump prices have taken much of the attention away from the historically low summer fuel costs.

GasBuddy estimates motorists nationwide have saved $18.9 billion this summer compared with the year prior.

The Department of Public Safety, will have what they're calling an "intense enforcement" over the Labor Day weekend. Coastal resort and beach destinations, in particular, depend on this final and popular summer holiday weekend for revenue. "With more motorists on the road, it's the ideal time to remind everyone to practice safe driving habits including not drinking and driving, adhering to speed limits and buckling up". "The kids are back in school so it's maybe not as busy as Fourth of July".

Several people told News 3 they have cancelled their weekend plans.

AAA is encouraging anyone, including passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers, to take advantage of the service, and not drink and drive.

"We're having a family party up at the lake, my son and daughter and law are here from Killeen, so it's a good chance to get everyone together", Dawn Gibson said.

Despite these peak conditions, Amy Parmenter of AAA said the projected traffic for this weekend is not particularly high. "Knowledge everything in this situation and the information is readily available", said Meade.

Statistically, holiday weekends result in an increase in DUI-related crashes, she said.

Coley said the problem in a lot of collisions is speed. The initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over", began August 18 and will continue through Labor Day weekend, which is statistically one of the deadliest times of year for drunk and drugged driving fatalities, according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Depending on the weather, people need to slow down", Coley said. The peak travel time that day will be from 3 7 p.m.

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