WILMINGTON -- The Labor Day weekend is underway. That means heavy traffic around here as people head to the beaches for the long weekend. According to AAA the roads should be a little less crowded this year, because more people are expected to fly. About one-third of all travelers in North Carolina are expected to make a trip to the beaches this weekend. Last year 17 people died on North Carolina's highways during the holiday. Speed was a factor in most of those accidents. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration most people speed on rural interstates. The least likely place for people to speed is on urban, residential roads. Some people say it's the drivers rushing to start their vacation they are most concerned with. Traveler Barbara Armstrong White said, "So they're grouchy, they're shaking their fist and very, very angry because they're trying to get to their vacation spot so they can be happy." The National Highway Traffic Safety says teenagers are most likely to speed. Last Labor Day weekend New Hanover County had 82 accidents and 24 driving while impaired arrests. The state Highway Patrol and local sheriff's departments will be out in full force over the weekend keeping an eye out for drunk drivers. A checkpoint will be held Friday by troopers and deputies from Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, but where and when that checkpoint will be is not being released.
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