For many people, Labor Day means a road trip to celebrate the final days of warm weather with family and friends. AAA predicts more than 1.4 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday weekend, with national estimates just under 35 million.
Unfortunately, the busy holiday traffic also means an increase in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NCS), about 395 people will be killed and another 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during Labor Day weekend. Of those, NCS estimates 144 lives could be saved if all drivers and their passengers wear seat belts.
Don’t be a statistic
“Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer activities – it should be a time of celebration,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman president and CEO of NSC. “Unfortunately this weekend will be a time of tragedy for hundreds of families that experience a preventable fatality on our roadways.”
- Don’t drink and drive. Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi
- Turn it off. All drivers should refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving
- Eyes on the road. Do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
- Buckle up. Make sure all passengers use their safety belts and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
- Take your time. Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Use your head. Drive defensively, check your blind spots and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
From all of us at Elk & Elk,
Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!