Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities. The National Safety Council estimates 405 fatalities this Labor Day weekend.
The chart below shows their estimates for previous years and actual fatality numbers.
To keep the roads safe for everyone, the National Safety Council offers these safe driving tips for Labor Day weekend travelers:
- If you are drinking, do not drive. Police will be out in full force to catch drunk drivers before they cause an accident.
- If you do drink, make arrangements for a safe ride. Download the Uber or Lyft app prior to going out.
- Wear your seat belt. It’s estimated that 148 people could survive a collision this weekend because they wore a safety belt.
- Ensure children are in properly installed safety seats appropriate for their size.
- Leave early for your destination to discourage speeding and behind-the-wheel frustration.
- Limit distractions while driving. Turn down the music, ask passengers to keep their voices low, and put all electronics away.
- Drive alert and exercise extreme caution at all times.
Source: The National Safety Council