The price of gas rising as well as the amount of cars on the road for the holiday.

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) --- There's a double whammy this holiday weekend. First, there's the usual Labor Day traffic. The other problem is the price of gas. Pump prices soared after hurricane Harvey hit Texas last week. Refineries are closed and gasoline pipelines shut down. According to AAA the national average price for a gallon of unleaded is at the highest it's been this year. The department of energy reports a number of gulf coast refineries are shut down, while others are at reduced rates of output. That means, less fuel for commuters. But, they also say fuel prices should return to normal levels before the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the Dothan police department will step up patrols to handle the traffic this holiday weekend. They said they encourage people to give themselves a little extra travel time, even if they're just running errands. The national average could peak at $2.75 a gallon in the next few days.

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