Residents hitting the road this holiday weekend

RALEIGH AAA Branch Sales Manager Jodi Woolard says a drop in gas prices might have helped boost travel this weekend. She says they had an increase in last-minute travel requests for Labor Day.

"They figure this is the last vacation of the summer, and I still got a job, let's go somewhere," she said.

About 70,000 more motorists are traveling more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day, which is an 8.1 percent increase compared to last year. Woolard says there are many reasons why.

"There's more confidence in the economy right now and with falling gas prices," she said.

Gas prices as low as $2.48 for a gallon of regular unleaded, is why Cary resident Gayle Plaia said she's headed to Whortonsville for the weekend.

"We have a boat down there and so we're just going to go and hang out and enjoy the great weather," she said.

Others opted to travel by air. AAA says there are nearly 4 percent more people flying this holiday weekend.

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