Every year, Americans from coast to coast celebrate the winding down of summer by taking a day of work and enjoying Labor Day week-end during the first week-end in September. People often choose to travel to see friends and family over the holiday week-end as well. If you plan to be on the nation’s roadways over the Labor Day week-end, keep in mind that law enforcement won’t be taking the week-end off nor will motorists who are driving under the influence. Labor Day week-end means more cars on the road – and more DUI accidents.
Numerous public agencies and private advocacy groups (such as MADD) routinely compile statistic relating to drinking driving and DUI related accidents. Though the numbers vary somewhat, depending on the survey or study as well as who conducted same, everyone agrees that the Labor Day week-end is potentially deadly and dangerous for anyone on the roadways. Traditionally, July 4th ranks number one for DUI accidents during the summer months while New Year’s Day takes the number one spot during the winter. July 4th may have more DUI accidents (and arrests) than any other day during the warmer half of the year; however, the Labor Day week-end taken as a whole frequently has more accidents and arrests than July 4th.
The best way to avoid becoming the victim in a DUI accident is to avoid driving over the Labor Day week-end. Of course, that isn’t a realistic solution for most people though. If you have to be on the road, try to travel during the day and avoid Monday evening/night specifically. Labor Day itself is a popular day for picnics and family reunions wherein alcohol is flowing all day long. People often then get behind the wheel of a vehicle to make the trip home in order to be ready for work the following day. That decision is what often leads to DUI accidents and/or arrests.
Becoming the victim of a DUI accident isn’t the only risk over the Labor Day week-end. Ending up in a jail cell is always possible as well if you decide to drink and drive. Keep in mind that law enforcement officers will be out in full force and looking for motorists who are driving under the influence, or DUI. If you decide to enjoy yourself at a gathering over the Labor Day week-end, consider staying put overnight, letting a friend drive, or calling a cab.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Nebraska, or you have a child who has been charged with an alcohol related driving offense, contact the Petersen Law Office 24 hours a day at 402-513-2180 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.