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Cheaper Gas for Holiday Weekend

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Gas prices have hit an 11-year low for this Labor Day weekend, and many people are been taking advantage of that. AAA says it’s th...

PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- Gas prices have hit an 11-year low for this Labor Day weekend, and many people are been taking advantage of that.

AAA says it's the busiest Labor Day weekend for travelers since 2008.

Officials estimate that 30 million people are traveling this Labor Day weekend, including many drivers throughout Pennsylvania.

"We're traveling to my buddy's house in the mountains in Binghamton."

Anthony Kyle and his family are passing through Plains Township and stopped at a gas station along Route 115. His wife says they were able to take the whole family in two cars, now that gas prices are at an 11-year low.

"If it's over $3, people don't want to drive for four hours to go away, because it costs too much to fill up. It's better when it's cheaper because we want to go away more," said Jessica Kyle.

According to AAA, gas prices are averaging $2.40 this Labor Day weekend and that's more than $1 lower than it was this time last year.

"We are just getting out right now, enjoying it," said James Gombeda of Wilkes-Barre. "It's nice that prices are lower. It helps you drive and not sit at home, so it is better."

Gombeda was filling up his truck just before heading out to the Poconos.

But even those, like Raymond Haines, who aren't traveling out of town for the holiday say it's a wise move to get gas anyway while it's this cheap.

"Somewhere in my heart, I would thank the oil company, honestly, for doing what they're doing," said Haines.

Haines hopes the cheaper gas prices become a trend.

"I know for a fact driving through the year the prices were at like $1.69, seven or eight years ago. So me, myself as a driver, I am looking for that once again."

AAA expects the price of gas to get even closer to the $2 mark by the end of the year.