Labor Day weekend has arrived and officials are prepared for the onslaught of travelers.

New Hampshire officials are expecting more travelers to spend more money than they did last year.

The state expects around 560,000 visitors from out of state, a 3 percent increase from last year, according to Amy Bassett, director of the N.H. Department of Travel and Tourism Development.

Those visitors are expected to spend $80 million, 2 percent more than last year, Bassett said.

"The Labor Day weekend is the second busiest holiday weekend of the year after the Fourth of July," she said.

Massachusetts officials were more hesitant to make predictions for the weekend.

Tourism numbers will depend on the weekend's weather forecast, according to Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

The long weekend, she said, is also not the biggest time of the year in the Bay State. September and October tend to attract more visitors, she said.

"We do not consider Labor Day the end of the summer," she said. "We consider it the beginning of late summer."

While she would not give an estimate for Labor Day, Wall said numbers overall for travelers this summer were up.

Anticipated heavy traffic has police in both states on their guard.

Alcohol consumption during the three-day weekend is also on many officers' minds.

New Hampshire State Police urge drivers to plan ahead — use a designate driver or arrange for a ride.

Massachusetts officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said police will have multiple checkpoints this weekend to cut back on impaired driving.

"We have three sobriety checkpoints planned around the state, and we're also in the middle of a distracted driving enforcement campaign," he said.

Each sobriety checkpoint will have at least 10 extra patrol officers Friday and Saturday nights. The distracted driving campaign is a federally funded effort that includes the use of unmarked cars.

Procopio said he expects the same number of people as last year, but roads leading to New Hampshire, Cape Cod and western Massachusetts will be more crowded.

The state's goal is to continue last year's success, he said. Last year, the state had no fatalities during the Labor Day weekend, he said.

"Our goal is to replicate that," he said. "One fatality is one too many."

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