The end of the summer is coming soon, and the three-day holiday known as “Labor Day” is fast approaching. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2. According to the Department of Labor, this holiday has been celebrated every year since 1882, when a machinist named Matthew McGuire first instituted the holiday for New York City union workers with a demonstration and a picnic.
AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year. The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high. The largest share of travelers (46 percent) on a single day will depart on August 30 and the largest share will return on Monday (43 percent). Eighty-five percent intend to return from their Labor Day trip on Monday, Tuesday, or later.
The National Safety Council released its estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. The Council estimates 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 injuries may occur over the traditional end-of-summer weekend from motor vehicle collisions. It also is estimated that 143 lives may be saved this Labor Day holiday period by buckling up, and an additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.
Additional suggestions include:
Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi.
Unfortunately, despite these warnings and the laws that are in place, people will be severely injured, or be involved in a DUI over this Holiday Weekend.
If you or anyone you know is involved in a DUI, contact Scott Robbins an experience DUI attorney.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend this year!