Despite heavy holiday traffic, CHP sees fewer accidents

Labor Day traffic backed up the 5 Freeway from Castaic into the San Fernando Valley. Matt Fernandez/ The Signal

As the Labor Day holiday weekend comes to a close, so come the inevitable post-holiday traffic as people head home to resume their daily routines. 

By 3 p.m., the traffic slowdown on Interstate 5 freeway already sprawled from Castaic Lake in the north to past Sylmar on the south end, where the 5 and 210 freeways split. 

“We can’t really analyze the pattern of this holiday’s traffic, but interestingly, we’re seeing a lot fewer traffic incidents than we normally do on a Monday,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Stepahn Brandt. “Because of the holiday, there aren’t as many people commuting today to work, so that could be why there aren’t as many incidents.”

Brandt advises commuters trying to beat the traffic to check live and up to date traffic maps and charts out routes before departure to avoid being trapped in slow, heavy stretches of highway and to help avoid areas where collisions have been reported.

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