Labor Day On The Road: Cheap Gas, Lots Of Traffic, Extra Police To Come Your Way

Jim Gudas
August 30, 2019 - 10:20 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you plan to do any driving over the holiday weekend, expect plenty of company on the roads.

Nick Jarmusz of Triple A said a lot of people are choosing to take road trips this holiday weekend because of a recent drop in gasoline prices.

Jarmusz said gasoline prices have fallen about 25 cents a gallon over the past month and are about 5 cents a gallon cheaper than they were last Labor Day weekend.

"We are seeing the supply-demand equation working in the motorists favor right now," Jarmusz. "We are seeing plenty of supplies nationally and internationally."

Jarmusz said drivers will also have plenty of police on the roads with you over the long weekend, as Illinois and other states plan extra police patrols to watch for drunk driving and other offenses.

While most road construction projects have been halted for the holiday weekend, Jarmusz said people should still slow down when you drive through construction zones.

He said drivers could face uneven pavement, narrower lanes and other potential hazards in construction zones.