ANCHORAGE -

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive in Alaska, according to the Alaska Highway Safety Office.

Miles Brookes, who works with the Alaska Fatality Analysis Reporting System said that over the last five years Labor Day weekend proved to be the deadliest driving weekend in the state.   

"From the time period of 2009 to 2013 we've had nine Labor Day weekend fatalities," Brookes said.

Labor Day weekend averaged about four more fatalities than at Christmas time during the same time period.

"I think everybody's trying to get that one last weekend, that last fish run down the (Kenai) Peninsula or that last trip camping trip in Denali," Brookes said.

While many head people choose to drive South for the weekend, the Jamie Larsen and her family is planning to head to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer from Soldotna.

"We get away when all the Anchorage people come to Soldotna," Larsen said.

Larsen says the family has stayed at the fair campgrounds over the last three summers, but hauling the camper can be a challenge.

"Sometimes people get a little impatient and want to speed past you real fast," Larsen said.

It's dangerous behavior on the road that has Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Luis Nieves cautioning drivers to lookout, especially when driving to the fair.

"We've increased patrols across the state in particular in the area of the Palmer fair, which has the highest number of visitors especially this weekend and we just ask that people be responsible," Nieves said.

Local law enforcement participated in national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which kicked off earlier this month to urge drivers to drive sober.

While increased enforcement goes through Monday, Alaska State Troopers say all drivers are always encouraged to report every dangerous driver by calling 911.