Labor Day Weekend signals the end of the summer as school starts up and many American adults have a long weekend to celebrate their work during the year. Road trips, events and parties increase during this time, which unfortunately means that the risk of drunk driving accidents also increases.
Why Do Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Labor Day Weekend?
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national mobilization for this year goes into effect from August 15 to September 3. This campaign will help to spread awareness on safety tips and the dangers of drunk driving, as well as increase police presence in order to help stop drunk drivers.
According to the National Safety Council, on average, about 400 people die or are involved in a fatal accident over each Labor Day Weekend. Approximately 49,000 people will also seek medical care for serious injuries during this three-day weekend. In order to prevent a drunk driving crash on Labor Day Weekend, you should:
- Plan your trip accordingly. Try to avoid travelling during the very busy times of the day. This will help decrease your chance of getting into a car accident in general, but especially during a busy holiday weekend. Roads are most dangerous when bars close, usually around 2 or 3 am.
- Pick a designated driver. Before you and your friends or family members start drinking, pick a designated sober driver. You can also arrange an Uber, Lyft, or taxi as another option of safe transportation during this weekend.
- Observe the signs of drunk driving. If you know the signs of drunk driving before getting on the road, you’ll be able to quickly avoid another drunk driver and be able to keep your distance. Common signs of drunk driving include tailgating, swerving between lanes, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, and making any other illegal and erratic moves.
If you or a loved one are involved in a drunk driving accident over the Labor Day Weekend, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney who can potentially help you seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Galloway Jefcoat LLP today for a free consultation.