Labor day will be here in just a few days. The last holiday of the summer season can be melancholy and bittersweet. In many instances as happy as parents are for the kids to be back in school…. So many parents often say, “Where did the Summer Go?” I’m guilty of this myself. I feel the entire summer has gone by and I want to do a family road trip during the extended weekend. Just some family time before all of the hustle and bustle of school, work and juggling the demands of everyday life. Anytime the roads are filled with more people than usual, the chance of accidents increases.
Unfortunately, statistics show Holiday Travel is a dangerous and hazardous time. From horrendous traffic fatalities to firework injuries the merriment of holidays can be a very dangerous time. New Years Eve probably ranks number 1 in the amount of accidents sustained. For some reason, it doesn’t matter how many times we’re inundated with “Don’t Drink and Drive” commercials, PSA (Public Service Announcements), someone undoubtedly decides to get behind the wheel intoxicated…. During New Years Eve, which comes only one night a year, up to 346 traffic related deaths and 41,900 medically consulted injuries are reported. In fact, drunk driving, traffic fatalities go up to 40% compared to 30% the rest of the year. As a people we really must learn to use caution and take into consideration the lives of others before we so callously get behind the wheel when intoxicated.
Labor Day, which is this Monday September 5, 2016, also ranks among one of the most dangerous travel days in the U.S. Based on previous years, The National Safety Council estimates 405 fatalities will occur this Labor Day weekend. 30 million people are expected to travel by car this year, in comparison to the 2.5 million traveling by plane. If you’re traveling by car, plane, train or bus, stop for a minute close your eyes and think of all of the people you love and all of the people who love you, multiply those numbers by 30 million. Think about the countless number of lives that could be affected by drunk driving or buzz driving and please Don’t Drink and Drive.