Labor Day Travel Picks Up

Highways, Waterways Busy

Joe DeStio
August 31, 2018 - 2:12 pm
 Nice weather for the long Labor Day weekend and stronger consumer confidence is expected to boost travel both on the highways and waterways.

Joe DeStio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Nice weather for the long Labor Day weekend and stronger consumer confidence is expected to boost travel both on the highways and waterways. Nationwide, nearly 70 million people will travel by car. The Pennsylvania Turnpike says 3.5 million people will travel the toll road through next Tuesday. Friday is expected to be the busiest day, Tuesday the second busiest.

While PennDOT has suspended most construction and maintenance for the weekend, State Police say they’ll be out in force.

“Alcohol is one of the biggest problems but speeding is an issue, distracted driving that goes with texting,” said state Trooper Melinda Bondarenka.  She says most Driving Under the Influenced arrests involve drugs, not alcohol. “People think prescribed drugs, they’re allowed to drive on those drugs. That’s not necessarily true. You can still get a DIU with prescription drugs.”

Higher gasoline prices aren’t keeping people at home. Triple A East Central says Pennsylvania prices average $3.04 a gallon, well above the national average of $2.84. It’s even worse in the Pittsburgh area. Gas Buddy dot com says Friday’s average was $3.11 a gallon.

Higher fuel prices aren’t expected to keep boaters in port either. “You’re going to have a lot of people out boating,” says Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officer Michael Johnson. “If we observe a violation, either a moving violation or an equipment violation, we will make a stop.

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