TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - While Floridians prepare for the extended Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers are reminding those driving long distances to stay safe on busy roads.
Florida Highway Patrol says people should avoid driving during the hours they are normally sleeping and stop when they are tired.
Extra state troopers will also be on the highways, looking for drunk drivers, as well as people who are speeding and driving aggressively.
FHP Lieutenant, Greg Bueno, says the goal is to cut down on the number of traffic-related deaths over the three-day weekend.
"It requires patience, because we are going to have increased traffic flows. You should expect that there's going to be delays in your travels," said Bueno. "Expect that your commute is going to be longer, or that your trip is going to take longer."
Some good news for drivers, gas prices have dropped in Florida over the past few weeks.
According to Triple A, fuel is now just slightly more expensive than during last year's Labor Day weekend.