DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – With today being labor day it is always a big day for travelers even in the middle of a pandemic.
According to AAA’s website, this year was a big year for last minute travel plans.
Early labor day morning drivers like Thomas Fleming and Matthew Tanner were already on the road, traveling long distances and driving overnight to avoid holiday traffic
“Well so far I haven’t seen no traffic, it’s been clear. So I’m trying to hurry up, make my appointment, come back so we can beat that labor day weekend traffic” Fleming said.
“We left Chesapeake Virginia at about 8:30 last night. We were visiting family down there, just driving home. Usually around midnight – twelve-thirty it dissipates which is why we drive at night. It’s a lot lighter” Tanner said.
Lee spinner from Athens was on the road early Monday morning taking his son to the airport. He was surprised by the lack of traffic coming back from Philadelphia.
“That was my biggest concern, beating the traffic. Because i didn’t want to get stuck into the holiday traffic inside the city or anything. I used to be an over the road truck driver. I’ve never seen the roads this empty on a holiday weekend.”
With COVID-19 still being a risk, some have packed their essentials to stay safe.
“Masks, anti-bacterial soap, making sure that when we went to my sisters that’s the only place we went other than to stop at gas stations. Don’t carry cash. Get gas outside at the pump.” Tanner said.