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9/1/06-Washington, D.C.

Holiday Travelers Trade Airport Lines For Seat Behind The Wheel

For a lot of Americans, Labor Day travel may well have come down to this: Would it take as long to stand in the security line as it would to just drive to where you're going?

Triple-A says the answer in many cases turned out to be "yes."

The auto club expects the number of people flying this holiday weekend to be down by almost 100-thousand from a year ago. Spokesman John Townsend says the aggravation from the heightened security, combined with cheaper gas, led a lot of people to just hop in the car.

About those gas prices -- the people at Triple-A say they're down a quarter a gallon in the last two weeks.

They expect 35 (m) million Americans to be traveling, though stormy weather may keep people in the mid-Atlantic home. And Townsend also warns Labor Day is one of the worst weekends for drunken drivers.

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Posted By 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com

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