Driving Over the Labor Day Weekend? Here’s What You Need to Know
As Labor Day approaches, people around the country will make preparations to celebrate over the weekend. Labor Day is a federally celebrated holiday in the United States, often bringing together friends and families for barbeques, vacations and other festivities. As more people hit the highways over the holiday weekend, traffic will increase, as well as, the possibilities of danger.
According to statistics, Labor Day is one of the deadliest weekends in the country in terms of driving fatalities. In 2016, 43% of traffic accidents in the country over the holiday break ended with at least one causality, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As Finder has estimated Labor Day will average 300+ traffic related deaths, making it the fourth most dangerous time to be traveling on the road. In response, law enforcement will increase DUI/sobriety checkpoints and police patrols. Drivers need to consider this, as they head out on the roads over the weekend.
A couple of safety campaigns recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to combat impaired drivers include, “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” and “Drive High, Get A DUI.” The new messages will be partnered with the annual NHTSA campaign, “Drive Sober, Or Get Pulled Over”. The reason for these campaigns is to focus on the growing trend of driving while impaired and under the influence of drugs.
Also, police will be on extra lookout for drivers who violate seat belts, hands-free driving and speeding laws over the holiday break. Last Labor Day weekend, Georgia troopers investigated over 500 traffic collisions and handed out over 8,000 traffic tickets as reported by the Ledger-Enquirer. In order to reduce these statistics, Georgia drivers need to put on their seat belts always, slow down, and talk hands-free while in the car. Let’s all work together to get to where we are going safely.
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