Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and the beginning of back to
school as everyone celebrates their last long weekend before settling
back into their work/school routines. But save the celebrating and relaxation
for the backyard BBQs because once you hit the roads, you have to be sober,
alert, and on the defense for intoxicated drivers.
The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 400 people will be killed
this Labor Day weekend and another 47,800 will be serious injured in crashes
on our public roadways. The Labor Day holiday begins at 6 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 4 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.
This three-day period could be one of the deadliest we’ve had since
2007, according to the National Safety Council, who reports that overall
traffic deaths were up 15% the first six months of 2015 and serious injuries
up 30% respectively, as compared to the same period last year.
In 2014, the 13% of drivers and passengers who didn’t wear their
seat belts accounted for nearly half of the fatalities, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Thus, an estimated
150 lives could be saved this Labor Day weekend if everyone wore their
Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend:
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Designate a drug and alcohol-free driver.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, use Uber, Lyft, or a cab.
- If you can’t afford a ride, spend the night at your host’s
house, or sleep on a friend’s couch.
- If you’re drinking close to home, walk home instead of driving drunk.
- If you are hosting, make sure your friends don’t drive home drunk.
- Never text while driving.
- Do not let your teenager drive with friends. Driving with just one friend
can increase the driver’s risk of a fatal crash by 44%. (NSC)
Remember, even if you aren’t a drinker, or if you are the designated
driver, chances are there’s other drivers nearby that are under
the influence. As it gets later in the day and the sun sets, be more conscientious
of drivers around you.
It only takes a second for a drunk driver to veer into your lane on the
freeway or run a red light at an intersection. While you don’t have
to be paranoid on Labor Day, you do want to keep your wits about you.
If you are unfortunate to get arrested for DUI over this Labor Day weekend,
contact an Orange County DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a hard-hitting defense!