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Labor Day Weekend Travel On The Rise

(Le Mars) -- Holiday weekend travel is expected to rise, despite the recent increase in gasoline prices, that according to a AAA official.  Gail Weinholzer is the Director of Public Affairs for the Iowa and Minnesota motor club organization.  She says despite the nearly ten cent per gallon increase in gasoline prices over the past week, people are wanting to travel during the Labor Day weekend.
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Weinholzer says she is not surprised to see the increase in travel plans.  She says people tend to want to see friends and family during extended holiday weekends, and they usually save up the money needed for their travel plans. The AAA official believes gasoline prices may decline after the long weekend.
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The AAA official advises people to use caution when traveling this weekend.

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Iowans are being reminded to buckle up, obey the speed limit and play it safe. Randy Hunefeld  with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau says the last holiday weekend of the summer can be a dangerous one on Iowa's roads because too many people are driving drunk.

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Hunefeld is coordinator of the bureau's special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). The agency is conducting a sTEP wave that started August 23 and runs through next Wednesday. Hunefeld warns that the heightened enforcement effort means motorists will have a better chance of getting caught if they're breaking traffic laws.

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During Iowa's last sTEP project, over the July 4 holiday, law officers made contact with more than 15,600 motorists. That included 295 contacts with alcohol and drug-impaired drivers.

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