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 seat belts.
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!