AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year. The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market. The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2.
With the increase in the number of vehicles the road, it is impairative to practice safe driving. According to the National Safety Council, there will be 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries, all resulting from motor vehicle collisions. An evaluation of recent Labor Day holiday period fatality estimates is shown in the table below.
Evaluation of Recent Labor Day Holiday Period Estimates
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To avoid becoming a traffic fatality, plan to adhere to the following safety tips:
- If you are driking, do not drive.
- If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi
- Support the strengthening and vigorous enforcement of impaired-driving laws
- Young drivers are at particular risk to be involved in alcohol-related crashes (If there is a young driver in your family, strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy with alcohol “ all states have a zero tolerance law where drivers under the age of 21 cannot have any alcohol in their systems)
- Your best defense against a drunk driver is wearing your safety belt, so buckle up
There are a number of other dangers to Labor Day weekend drivers besides impaired driving. Follow these additional tips to stay safe:
- Establish and enforce a driver’s distraction-free zone, especially in cars equipped with electronic devices including cell phones, video games and global positioning systems
- Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their size
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather