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Drivers and pedestrians Beware: Alcohol-related collisions spike over Labor Day

Many Americans like to take full advantage of Labor Day weekend. From barbecues to hiking and other outdoor festivities, the holiday provides a much needed break from typical work obligations. Plus, it's a prime opportunity to visit with relatives and friends in nearby areas and adjoining areas.

On a grimmer note, drunk drivers make driving over Labor Day quite hazardous. The increase in the number of drivers on the road when paired with widespread celebrations and parties result in a dangerous combination.

Drunk drivers make Labor Day driving risky for all

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study conducted over a four-year period, an average of 36 fatalities alcohol-related accidents occur each day; this accident rate skyrockets during holidays, and Labor Day is no exception. In 2013, for example, 161 people were killed over the holiday weekend. As Mothers Against Drunk Driving note, that's more than 2 deaths per hour.

Don't let this Labor Day weekend end in tragedy. Stay diligent and if you must drive, work to do each of the following:

  • Whether you are walking, cycling or driving, stay alert and keep your eyes on the lookout for questionable driver behavior on the road.
  • Identify and report drunk drivers to the authorities; doing so will save lives.
  • Drinking and driving is a lethal combination; make sure that those around you avoid driving while impaired .
    • Hide keys if you have to - it's important to prevent potential drunk drivers from placing themselves and others at risk.
  • Educate those around you about the elevated risk associated with Labor Day weekend driving and encourage them to be extra cautious on the road.

Though law enforcement officers step up their efforts during holiday weekends and other especially dangerous driving times, the risk remains high. Be safe and if you must drive, drive safely, and encourage those around you to do the same.

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