Labor Day is meant to be a fun-filled family holiday where friends and relatives can slow down, visit, and celebrate each others company. Unfortunately, Labor Day weekend has become known as one of the most deadly days of the year when it comes to traffic collisions, in part due to spikes in instances of drunk driving. Thomas J. Henry would like to remind everybody to enjoy a safe Labor Day holiday by practicing safe behaviors behind the wheel.
Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,000 people die each year due to intoxicated driving accounting for nearly 30% of all traffic fatalities. This is equivalent to one death every 53 minutes.
Labor Day weekend experiences nearly 15% more traffic fatalities than similar non-holiday periods.
In 2017, a BAC level of .08 or higher was recorded in 36% of all Labor Day weekend motor vehicle accidents.
Approximately 80% of all Labor Day drunk driving deaths occurred at night.
On average, about 40% of young drivers killed in accidents during Labor Day weekend were drunk when the collision occurred.
Labor Day Driving Safety Tips
While you will undoubtedly be on the road at some point this Labor Day weekend, there are steps you can take to help ensure your safety as well as the safety of your loved ones and those you are sharing the roads with.
If you are drinking, do not drive.
Enforce a strict zero tolerance policy for young drivers in your family.
Wear a seat belt – this is your best defense against a drunk driver.
Drive defensively – when operating a motor vehicle of any type, exercise caution and keen observation.
Contact an Experienced DUI/DWI Accident Attorney
If you suspect you have been injured because of a drunk driver, contact an attorney with the experience and aggressiveness to handle your case. Contact Thomas J. Henry. We will ensure that you get the full monetary compensation you deserve. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends and we represent clients/victims all over the country.