Preventing Roadway Fatalities During Labor Day Weekend



As the holiday weekend approaches, Americans are urged to drive defensively and designate a sober driver to help prevent an estimated 390 deaths and another 44,400 serious injuries on U.S. roadways during the upcoming Labor Day holiday period.

Despite a nationwide pandemic, the estimate is consistent with the National Safety Council’s last few years of estimates for the three-day Labor Day holiday period, indicating that people are expected to travel even though COVID-19 infections remain high. The pandemic has had an indirect effect on roadway safety: Although the total number of deaths has fallen year over year in the first five months of 2020, the death rate skyrocketed. The rate of death on the roads was 23% higher in May 2020 compared to the same month last year, meaning more people are losing their lives for every mile driven.

The data gives reason for additional caution as people take to the roads this Labor Day.

Travel during holiday weekends is always risky and drivers should remember to slow down, pay attention and always drive safe.

Alcohol often is a major factor in fatal crashes during holiday weekends, including Labor Day. In 2018 – the most recent year for data – 38% of fatal crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver or motorcycle rider.

Tips for safer Labor Day travel include:

  • Practice defensive driving: Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, avoid fatigue, drive attentively, and avoid distractions
  • Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from cannabis and opioids
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits
  • Obey construction signs and speed limits
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National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved, than this September.

Week 1 ~ September 1-5: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the corona virus.

Week 2 ~ September 6-12: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

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Talk to your family members about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

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