For many in the U.S., the Labor Day holiday weekend offers one last chance to enjoy what’s left of summer. But as with other major holidays in the U.S., Labor Day is one of the deadliest times to drive on the road. Many people choose to spend their time off traveling by car or celebrating with some alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, these two factors lead to a significant surge in DUIs and potentially fatal motor-vehicle collisions.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 390 people may die on U.S. roadways this Labor Day weekend. In 2020, the holiday extends from 6 p.m. Friday, September 4, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 7. Of course, this year’s estimates are more uncertain due to the unknown impact COVID-19 and social distancing measures will have on the holiday.
Regardless of your plans this Labor Day weekend, be sure to spend your time off responsibly. Driving drunk can have life-altering or life-ending consequences.
Tips for staying safe Labor Day weekend
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are a few ways you and your loved ones can stay safe over the holiday:
- If you’re going to drink, always plan a sober ride or a safe place to stay until you sober up. Even if you’ve only had one drink, alcohol impairs your ability to drive.
- Motorists can get a DUI for driving under the influence of impairing drugs, such as marijuana. Don’t drive high and arrange for a safe ride home.
- If you suspect another motorist on the road is intoxicated, be sure to keep your distance and call 911 to notify the authorities.
- If you’re planning on having friends or family over to celebrate, make sure that no one gets behind the wheel after drinking. As a safety measure, you take someone’s keys away and find them a sober ride home.
While you should plan on having fun over the long Labor Day weekend, remember that it’s a dangerous time to be out on the roads. By following these safety tips and finding a sober ride home, you can ensure you make the most of your holiday.