Heavy traffic expected for Labor Day weekend


For many people this weekend marks the last big chance of the summer to go on vacation.

There may be more traffic for this labor day than year’s past, Ben Smith tells us why.

This summer has been one for the books for North Dakota’s Parks and Recreation.
The labor day weekend may just cap it all off.
“Labor day weekend is the last hurrah.  The unofficial end of summer.  And for state parks it means, one more busy weekend for families to get out to state parks,” says Zimmerman
He says recent count shows North Dakota parks have had 60,000 camping nights for the season.
“Part of it is certainly we are all experiencing lower fuel prices.  And that’s for getting the camper to the park as well as running the boat if you’re on the lakes or on the river parks,” says Mark Zimmerman, ND Parks and Rec
Standup: If you’re packing up for a long weekend, Law Enforcement ask you take extra caution out on the road.
“We do have officers that will be working overtime.  Making sure we are keeping all of our roadways safe,” says Lt. Tom Iverson, ND Highway Patrol
When compared to other holidays, he says the Labor day weekend is unique in terms of roadway traffic.
“Labor day seems to really get a lot of people traveling up and down the roads.  Especially if gas prices are low, it may lead to increased travel on the roadways.  We need to be extra careful out on the roads,” says Iverson
He says with that kind of traffic-volume, there is bound to be more crashes.

Iverson says their resources are stretched a little bit thin with the protests going on south of Mandan.  
So our increased staffing levels are really concentrated on the area South of Mandan right now

While traffic fatalities nationwide are on the rise, North Dakota is seeing less deaths on the road.

Since 2013 there have been a steady decline in traffic deaths.
That year saw 148 fatalities on North Dakota roadways.
There were 9 less a year later
Last year, there were 92,
And this year so far, it’s down to 73 fatalities.
Lt. Iverson says many of those could have been avoided if the people had worn their seatbelt.

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