Traffic totals expected to be lower this Labor Day weekend

The Triple-A says the number of people in

the Southeast planning to drive at least 50 miles from home this

holiday weekend is expected to be down slightly.

Concern over gas prices and the economy may be causing people to

stay closer to home this year. The Triple-A says Labor Day road

holiday travel should be down one-point-five percent.

At the same time, the number planning to travel by plane is

projected to rise 5 percent.

Motorists expected to hit the road this weekend will be joined

by troopers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The highway patrol says it will have all available officers

patrolling the state's highways.