Officials warn of dangers on the road over holiday weekend

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Motor vehicle accidents are all too common on Labor Day weekend, with travelers enjoying the last of their summer trips and celebrations.

Traffic fatalities have surged nationwide. Now, officials are urging drivers to stay responsible and safe over the holiday weekend.

Statistics show that Labor Day is one of the deadliest holidays for fatal crashes. According to the Rhode Island State Police Chiefs’ Association, “over the past five years, Labor Day weekend crashes in the state resulted in seven deaths and numerous other injuries.”

“We have to keep in mind we are a destination,” said Diana Gugliotta with AAA Northeast. “So there will be more traffic on our roadways and we have to plan for that.”

With the increase in traffic, officials urged drivers to hit the breaks, slow down, and pay attention. They also emphasized the importance of utilizing rideshare apps.

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