The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging party-goers to celebrate responsibly over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Like many other holidays, Labor Day weekend has become well known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes caused by drunk drivers. The Labor Day holiday weekend signifies the end of summer. This is when the last of the big summer bashes are scheduled. From pool parties and picnics to backyard barbecues, this should be a happy and safe time for families and friends to get together.
Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics
- During the 2016 Labor Day holiday period, 43 percent of nationwide crash fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking.
- 45 percent of drunk drivers killed in crashes during the 2016 Labor Day holiday period were ages 21 to 34 years old.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
If you’ve had any alcohol at all, you shouldn’t be behind the wheel. Even one drink can be one drink too many, and buzzed driving is drunk driving. Alcohol consumption impairs your ability to safely operate an automobile. With even just .02 BAC, there is a decline in visual functions and a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time. When you reach .05 BAC, there is reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering and a reduced response to emergency driving situations. Even just a drink or two can seriously impair your abilities behind the wheel.
Make a Plan Ahead of Time
The most effective way to ensure you have a safe ride home this holiday weekend is to make a plan ahead of time. Designate a driver. Plan to use a ridesharing app or even crash at a friend’s house if you can. The most important thing is that you don’t get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. Drunk driving endangers your own life and the lives of others. Injury causing and fatal crashes caused by drunk driving are 100-percent preventable.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Labor Day weekend, and if you have been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.