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Labor Day Traffic Safety

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- If you're heading out of town on this holiday weekend you can expect to see a few thousand of your friends and neighbors on the roadways.

AAA says this will be the busiest labor day travel weekend since 2008.

People should expect traffic volumes to go way up this weekend.

With more cars on the road, that means higher chances for collisions and frustrated drivers making risky maneuvers.

Washington State Patrol says if you decide to drive to your vacation destination, be on high alert and very patient.

Congestion on the roads can cause road rage for aggressive drivers who take their chances and often drive dangerously.

Troopers pulled over 280 cars for speeding last Labor Day weekend in Kennewick and 49 for aggressive driving.

"Increased traffic volume can potentially increase collisions on the highway and the interstate. That can lead to traffic backups sometimes. So, plan ahead, give yourself extra time to your destination and bring snacks," said Sgt. David DeVere, Washington State Patrol.

More troopers will also be on the road to look for DUIs as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that goes through September 2nd.

DeVere says the most important thing you can do is keep your cool and be patient and leave space between cars to make it back safe from your long weekend.