A lot of us are looking forward to the having some fun and relaxing this Labor Day weekend, but folks shouldn’t necessarily let their guard down too much, especially on the road. The National Safety Council predicts an estimated 398 deaths and another 45,300 serious injuries on the road over the three-day holiday, beginning Friday at 6 pm and ending at 11:59 pm Monday.
And while that sounds like a scary number, there is at least one positive thing to note. That estimate is actually the lowest for a three-day Labor Day holiday in four years. In fact, nationally driving fatalities are actually down 3% for the first six months of this year compared to last.
So, what’s the best way to prevent these accidents? Well, either not drinking or picking a designated driver could go a long way towards lowering that number, since the council says alcohol is one of the biggest causes of holiday weekend crashes. In fact over Labor Day weekend in 2017, 36% of all crashes involved an alcohol impaired driver.
Source: Yahoo Finance