Labor Day travel expected to dip

Published 12:05 am Sunday, August 31, 2008

MIAMI – Falling gas prices might not be enough to entice people to travel this Labor Day weekend, with some keeping a wary eye on dangerous Hurricane Gustav, which is threatening the Gulf Coast.

About 34.4 million people are projected to travel at least 50 miles from home — a 1.1 percent decline from Labor Day 2007. Travel over Memorial weekend and Independence Day 2008 was also down compared to last year, according to auto club AAA.

“A lot of people may choose that they don’t want to take a risk. They know how quickly weather can change and that may discourage a lot of travelers from traveling any distance this weekend,” AAA spokesman Gregg Laskoski said Saturday.