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Holiday Travelers Try and Beat the Traffic

Millions of travelers are on the roads for Labor Day weekend. That means more traffic and more troopers. Newschannel 6 ran into some travelers heading back home to enjoy the rest of their vacation.

Lynn and Doug Ebersole traveled from Colorado, "We've been to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and we're headed home to Denton," the couple said.

Dixie Rice headed back home after visiting the coast. "I'm returning to my home in Clinton, Oklahoma from my daughters home in Vitor, Texas."

The holiday weekend brought in travelers and troopers.

"I've seen more troopers out this trip than I ever have, and I've made this trip 3, 4 sometimes 5 times a year. They're everywhere," said Rice.

AAA reports 31 million people will hit the roadways traveling more than 50 miles. While that is a lot the agency says it's down 2.5 percent from last year. That's likely because of the rising gas prices.

"Gas prices are anywhere from $3.49 to $3.59," said Marylou Skrabits.

"Gas prices are kind of high but it doesn't take more than 10 gallons to get up here and I hope it doesn't take more than 10 gallons to get back and that was around $40 something dollars," said Bobby Page and Bobby Shavers.

They were in town for the weekend celebrating a family reunion and will head back to Red Water, Texas, with a cautious mindset.

"Definitely. I'm a real safe driver I don't speed. I do buckle up. I tell everybody to buckle up," said Shavers.

While more cars are on the highways that wasn't a problem, the cooler weather made the drive, refreshing.

"We're looking forward to seeing some 70 and 80 degree weather."
"It's the right time to come home. We waited before it stabilized below 100 degrees to come home," said Doug Ebersole.

The national price of gas is $3.66 a cent up from Saturday. Texas remains below the average at $3.49 a gallon. You can always find the cheapest gas in Texas by clicking on our cheap fills link on our website.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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