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Nearly 4 miilion people to travel this three-day holiday weekend, AAA says
Are you going somewhere this Labor Day holiday weekend? If yes, so are 3.9 million other Californians, according to AAA Northern California. That's a six percent increase over last year, the nonprofit reported. “This resurgence of travel is partly due to improved consumer confidence, which is at a much higher level than 2012,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “Although there are lingering budgetary concerns, Californians will not let this last opportunity to celebrate summer go back without a quick holiday getaway.” Of those in the Golden State who plan to travel a minimum of 50 miles from home this three day holiday weekend, 3.1 million plan to drive; 514,000 will fly and 300,000 will get to their destination using some other form of transportation. Nationwide, 34 million people are planning a holiday getaway, a 4.2 percent jump above 2012 travel figures. If you are hitting the road, know that the California Highway Patrol and 115 local police departments will be out there as well looking for distracted, impaired, aggressive and otherwise drivers, as well as people not properly buckled into their ride. Also, remember that the The Bay Bridge will be closed in both directions from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, when the new East Span will open. Keep this holiday weekend safe by designating a sober driver, don't drive distracted, obey all traffic laws and report suspected DUI drivers by calling 911. Leave early and take your time. Stay abreast of road conditions using Caltrans QuickMap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.