Labor Day drivers ready to hit the road

Rush hour traffic slows to a crawl on the northbound 14 freeway near Sand Canyon Road on Friday evening. Cory Rubin/The SIgnal
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Well, there’s good news and bad news for commuters hitting the road this weekend for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The good news: While California drivers are still paying among the highest gas prices in the land, the national average is on track to be its cheapest in three years, according to AAA. (The statewide average of $3.57 per gallon is second only to Hawaii’s $3.64-per-gallon average.)

The bad news: Labor Day remains one of the five busiest holidays for driving trips, with an estimated 35 million Americans set to hit the road.

California Highway Patrol officers warned earlier this week that, in addition to the DUI checkpoint they’re holding Friday night, this weekend would be considered a “Maximum Enforcement Period,” which means that all available CHP officers will be on the road patrolling for unsafe driving.

“The CHP wants everyone to have a fun enjoyable weekend,” Greengard said. “But if you are going to drink or use any substances that could impair you, please do not get behind the wheel of an automobile. Also, please avoid distractions and always wear your seatbelt.”

Traffic on Highway 14 remained moving pretty well Friday, beside the typical rush-hour slowdown, although southbound Interstate 5 traffic out of the Santa Clarita Valley became difficult to get through by about 4 p.m. Friday and continued into the evening.

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