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Traffic Talk: Less expensive gas puts more holiday travelers on highways

Don Gammill: Some good news for motorists, the price of gasoline has dropped somewhat from what it was a year ago, which means more people will be traveling on Labor Day.
by Don Gammill Published: September 2, 2013
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Happy Labor Day, everyone. Here's hoping you're enjoying a work-free day with family and/or friends, and doing whatever you please ... safely.

It's the last holiday of the summer and the last trip many will make before we get to the biggest holiday period of the year between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

Some good news for motorists, the price of gasoline has dropped somewhat from what it was a year ago.

I did notice, however, that prices near my home are a slight bit higher than they were a week ago.

AAA officials said 3.7 percent more Oklahomans are expected to travel for this holiday, as compared to Labor Day last year. The favored method of travel? Private motor vehicle, as usual (85 percent), AAA reports.

An estimated 34.1 million people are expected to travel during this holiday weekend, which began Friday and continues through Monday, a 4.2 percent rise over last year.

AAA officials said the numbers predominately indicate “increased consumer spending and the recovering housing market.”

Good news on those fronts as well.

By the way ...

Most, but not all, schools have begun their new year. The Labor Day holiday, however, gives students a quick break.

I remember my college days, when the longer weekend was an opportunity to pick up “supplies” for my apartment, spend time with my buddies or make a short trip.

The danger always was not judging time well and having to hurry when on the road.

It's a learning process.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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