CHICAGO, IL – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day enforcement. Labor Day weekend brings in increased travel on America’s roadways, air traffic and more.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates nearly 455 people may die on U.S. roads this Labor Day holiday. While this number is high, the mortality rate is 2% less than last year.
As this weekend approaches, please make sure to plan ahead and never drive after consuming alcohol, marijuana or any drugs and other impairments over the deadliest holiday of the year. Here are a few safety tips the Dinizulu Law Group team came up with to keep you safe this weekend:
- Driving Sober
Make sure to plan ahead how you will be getting to and from places over the weekend. You should never operate a vehicle or any mechanic device while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft are made easily accessible or you can call a local cab/ride share. Alternatively, make plans to stay where you are and sleep it off until you are completely sober.
- Buckle Up
Make sure that you and all passengers are buckled up before heading off to your destination. Being buckled, in the event of a car accident, helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. If you’re not buckled up, you may be ejected from the vehicle which is almost always deadly.
- Plan Ahead
Ensure that your car is equipped to handle your drive. Check under your car for any leaks that may cause steering, brake or radiator failure. Secondly, check your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated and there is no obvious signs of wear and tear. If there is, it could cause a tire blow out which may involve a multi-vehicle crash. You should also make sure that your lights work properly. Have someone stand in front of your vehicle to test the front lights, signal lights and more; furthermore, have them stand behind your car to check the same. You should also ensure your windows are properly cleaned so your visibility is clear. Finally, know how to check the gauges on your car to make sure everything is working properly.
The Dinizulu Law Group hopes you enjoy a long, safe Labor Day weekend celebrated with your family and friends!