Labor Day Enlightenment

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As the weekend approaches, commuters traveling for Labor Day can be happy about their last summer vacation.

Low prices at the pumps could make this holiday weekend busier than usual.This is the first time in the past decade,the average price for a gallon of gas is below $2.50.

Petroleum analyst for, Gregg Laskowski, says the national average of gas  is $2.42 for a gallon of gasoline.

"That's 20 cents lower than a month ago and about a dollar less than a year ago," Laskowski said.

Lower gas prices could lead to more travelers hitting the road this weekend. The motor club reported the average price of gasoline was $2.60 in August. It has been the low for that month since August of 2005.

American Automobile Association spokesperson, Avery Ash, said in a statement that commuters should try to find the best prices on gasoline.

"Americans should find good deals on gas prices heading into the busy Labor Day weekend,” Ash said.

Scarlett Herrera, a 22-year-old storage worker from Miami Lakes, Fla., says she doesn't have a hard time traveling during the busy holiday weekends.

"If I am driving a long distance then I may sometimes check for any accidents in the area and find a faster route to make my trip go a little bit smoother, Herrera said ."

Law enforcement will be in the area looking for drunk drivers, the automobile association’s Tow To Go program will also be in effect this weekend. The program is designed to securely transport you and your vehicle home or some place safe within 10 miles.

“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Bill Bradley, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. 

The program began in 1998 and has safely removed more than 24,000 drunk motorists in the southeast region, keeping everyone safe from the dangers of impaired drivers.