Stay Safe Over Labor Day Weekend

Stay Safe Over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is here and we are expecting heavy traffic. If you and your loved ones decide to go out or take a trip, it is best to know what to do to stay safe and what establishments are open and closed.

It is said that Saturday of this year’s Labor Day weekend is the most dangerous for DUIs. According to the new analysis of Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), spike in drunk driving is expected on Saturday. It is the day when violations by alcohol offenders may be more than 80 percent higher than usual.

Over the years, the national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through this holiday weekend to help reduce deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers, either by drugs or alcohol. In Kentucky, the Labor Day holiday enforcement period started at 6:00 p.m. Friday and will continue through Monday at 11:59 p.m.

In addition, the Kentucky State Police is conducting statewide traffic safety checkpoints. Also, authorities are on their hunt for dangerous drivers and speeders. On Monday, banks, financial markets, government offices, post offices, and libraries are all closed. There are certain shopping malls, however, that are open.

Statistics

  • On average, 550 Americans are killed on a holiday each year.
  • In 2015, there were seven fatal collisions on Kentucky roads, resulting in the deaths of 10 people during the Labor Day holiday.
  • It is predicted that this year will be the deadliest Labor Day weekend since 2008.

Labor Day Weekend in Kentucky

Holidays should be fun. We celebrate Labor Day to spend quality time with our loved ones and enjoy music, travel, and much more. While we want to have fun, we cannot deny the fact that that there are dangers in celebrating holidays.

As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind Labor Day weekend travelers to observe safe driving practices. First on the list is don’t drink and drive, next is to wear your seatbelt at all times, and third is to stay calm. With heavy traffic, road rage is more common. I also encourage Kentucky motorists and civilians to download KSPOLICE, the new KSP mobile allow, which will enable them to report erratic or impaired drivers.

 

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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