Labor Day weekend is nearly here, and many people are getting ready to take advantage of the long weekend with their final summer outings. Whether you’re planning on staying home this Labor Day or joining in on the festivities, it’s important to remember that major holidays like these can be especially dangerous times to be out driving.
Drunk driving is extremely prevalent over Labor Day weekend. Between 2014 and 2018 alone, there were 945 total traffic fatalities during the holiday weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 44% of those accidents involved a driver who had been drinking. Here are a few tips to ensure you get through this Labor Day weekend safely:
Avoid peak travel times
If you’re traveling this Labor Day, keep in mind that many others will be on the roads. To avoid encountering busy and potentially dangerous travel times, plan on leaving for your trip as early as possible on Friday or Saturday morning. For returning home, you should try to leave before noon on Monday to avoid the afternoon rush hour.
Look out for drunk drivers
You’ll want to be especially vigilant to drunk drivers if you’re driving this Labor Day weekend. If you spot someone on the road driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes or going too fast or slow, you should call 911 to notify the police. Make a note of the road or intersection you saw the driver, the direction they were going and a description of the vehicle and license plate number.
Plan a safe ride home
When it comes to drinking and driving, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Before you start drinking this holiday, make sure you have a sober ride. If you are hosting a party, make sure that your guests have a sober ride home and that no one gets behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. A DUI isn’t just a costly offense; it puts the lives of you and other motorists at risk.
Always wear your seatbelt
It should go without saying, but whether you are behind the wheel or riding as a passenger, you should always buckle up when you’re in a vehicle. Seatbelts are your best defense against drunk or distracted drivers on the road and may just save your life.