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Hudson Valley hits the road for Labor DayPosted: Updated:
It is Labor Day weekend, and many people in the Hudson Valley are hitting the road.
In addition to extra traffic, drivers can expect to see extra police patrols and checkpoints on the roads in an effort to improve safety.
According to AAA, 35.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 1.2 percent increase from the 34.8 million who traveled last year. Approximately, 29.6 million of those travelers, or 84 percent, expect to go by motor vehicle, up slightly from last year′s 29.1 million. Another 3.9 million plan to travel by airplane, down from the 4.0 million that flew last Labor Day holiday. A projected 1.6 million vacationers (4.5 percent) will go by train, bus or other mode of transportation, down from 1.7 million a year ago.
The good news is that construction on state highways is being suspended from today through Tuesday morning in order to ease congestion.
State and local law enforcement will be out in force as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DWI campaign. In addition to DWI checkpoints and patrols, police will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, seatbelt violations, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.
During last year's Labor Day weekend, New York State Police alone made 220 DWI arrests and issued more than 11,000 tickets.