Labor Day marks the end of the busy summer driving season, but it’s also a dangerous holiday on roadways throughout the Golden State.
Residents and tourists who travel in California should be aware that the Labor Day holiday weekend also ranks first for the most fatalities among all states in the nation for its deadly collisions.
Furthermore, the city of Los Angeles outranked its larger East Coast rival New York City to earn the rank of being the city with the most fatalities in the United States, according to a report by Jerry.
Tips to Avoid Traffic on Labor Day Weekend
Millions of people will impact roads and freeways over the holiday weekend, but drivers can make some strategic moves to avoid the worst traffic periods.
Every year, the Automobile Club of Southern California warns the busiest days to hit the road for a Labor Day trip will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and anytime on Friday. The least traffic is reported on Sunday, but that’s right in the middle of the weekend. So travelers who have to drive on peak days might wish to leave early in the morning or late in the evening, according to AAA.
Also, the Auto Club notes that the busiest road in California is the Interstate 5 Freeway between Los Angeles and Bakersfield on Wednesday before the holiday when it’s predicted to be 88 percent busier than normal travel days.
DUI Arrests on Labor Day Weekend
Last year over the 2022 Labor Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol reports CHP officers arrested more than 900 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence statewide. This year, the CHP will also been out in full force looking for drunk and drugged drivers to arrest.
Additionally, there were 52 deaths throughout California due to traffic collisions over Labor Day weekend 2022, the CHP reports.
Meanwhile, AAA warns drivers that there are some routes that are always busier than others. Specifically, motorists traveling on the Interstate 5 Freeway between Los Angeles to Bakersfield when they predict roads to be 88 percent busier than normal starting on Wednesday afternoon. Overall, roads will be roughly 70-percent busier than normal.
We hope your Labor Day weekend in California is fun and that you travel safe.
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