Labor Day Travel

Anti-drunk driving campaigns under way

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year — it's also, unfortunately, a major time of drunk driving.

AAA and Budweiser are again teaming up to offer the Tow 2 Go program to cut down on drunk driving incidents.

The program, which is available from Friday night through Monday, offers a free vehicle tow of a vehicle and ride home for up to two people within a 10-mile radius of the location where drivers are picked up.

It's available to everyone, not just members of AAA.

Tow 2 Go is designed as a last-resort program to keep impaired drivers off roadways.

If you need the service, call 855-2-TOW-2-Go (855-286-9246).

To cut down on traffic delays, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction over the holiday weekend. Closed lanes will open at noon on Friday and close at 5 a.m. Tuesday so construction can resume.

Saturday is the University of Georgia football team's season opener at Clemson University, and Georgia and South Carolina state troopers are teaming up to stop drunk driving with public service announcements and enforcement. Troopers urge careful planning before tailgate and post-game celebrations.

If your holiday plans involve alcoholic beverages, make sure they also involve a designated driver, officials say.

In Georgia, AAA estimates that 918,875 people will travel more than 50 miles from home for the holiday, with 805,406 of them traveling by automobile.

Motorists heading to the beach or the mountains will find cheaper gas the farther they get from metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-area average for regular unleaded was $3.52 on Wednesday, according to AAA's site.

In Augusta, the average was $3.316. The Columbus average was $3.363. And in Macon, the average price was $3.377. Gas is Savannah is a bit more expensive, at $3.456, and in Valdosta, it's $3.449.

Gas is more expensive in Florida, with an average of $3.528, compared to the Georgia average of $3.471. Alabama's average is $3.336, Tennessee's is $3.352, North Carolina's is $3.478 and South Carolina's is $3.251.

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