The last weeks of summer, including Labor Day weekend, can be an especially dangerous time on America’s roadways. Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, representing 36 percent of all highway fatalities.
In an effort to get drunk drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways, the national impaired-driving enforcement crackdown—Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over— will be held from August 17th to September 3rd.
Supporting the heroes who keep us safe on the road is a critical part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®. Statistics show that when the public’s perceived risk of being arrested for impaired driving increases, the less likely they are to do so. Increased saturation or roving patrols, as well as sobriety checkpoints, remind the public of the legal consequences that can come from driving drunk.
As people across the country celebrate the end of summer this Labor Day with parades and festivals, MADD urges everyone to stay safe on the road during a time of year when drunk driving deaths typically increase. There are several ways you can help keep your loved ones safe this Labor Day holiday:
- Plan for a safe way home for you and your loved ones before consuming alcohol
- Throw a safe party for all of your guests
- Recognize and report drunk drivers on the roadways
If you plan to be on the road during this potentially dangerous time period, please be careful, and remember to spread the word that driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don’t take the chance. Together with law enforcement, we can put an end to the 100 percent preventable deaths and injuries caused by drunk driving.