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Labor Day Brings Traffic, Safety Concerns

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - With Labor Day weekend beginning, drivers are getting ready for what is expected to be a busy weekend of traffic.

AAA has estimated that 34.7 million Americans will be traveling for the holiday. AAA Mid-atlantic believes approximately 93,000 Delaware drivers will be traveling as well. Both of these estimates are the highest they've been since the economic recession began in 2008. 

One of the major factors for this large travel weekend is the low price of gas this season. Delaware travelers will find that the average gas price is $3.34, whereas that number is $3.38 and $3.45 for Maryland and Pennsylvania respectively. 

"It's absolutely nuts," said Alexa Slade who WBOC found on the beach in Dewey Beach. "The bars are packed, the beaches are packed. It just gets super wild." 

Amy Harrington said she got caught in traffic last year for Labor Day Weekend, and so this year her family came a day early. 

"There was hours of traffic..." she said of the year before. "We'd have no problem leaving at midnight to avoid all the chaos." 

Sgt. Cliff Dempsey said that this influx of people increases the risk of accidents on major roads like Coastal Highway.

"Labor Day we do see a spike," he said. "It's not as busy as Memorial Day or 4th of July. But we do see a spike in our visitors. We really urge everyone to stay vigilant. To stay aware." 

The holiday is good news for business owners like Steve Montgomery, an owner at the Starboard in Dewey Beach. He said that the holiday brings a lot of business to the area. 

"Every retail store, every restaurant in Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany will do very well," he said. "Because the people are going to pack their kids up and go to the beach cause the weather forecast is beautiful." 

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