You probably need no reminder that we are just hours away from starting
the long Labor Day weekend. Hopefully, you have both fun and relaxing
activities planned. Most Americans view Labor Day weekend as the last
chance to get out and enjoy the summer.
Unfortunately, this weekend is also dangerous for drivers, regardless of
whether you're taking a road trip or just driving a few miles. Labor
Day weekend typically brings an increase in the number of drunk drivers,
and that means a higher probability of injurious and fatal motorcycle and
car accidents. During this weekend last year, 49 people were killed in crashes on California roads.
The California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are already
participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
But starting tonight, the CHP will be entering a "Maximum Enforcement
Period" that will continue through the end of the holiday weekend.
You can expect to see more police officers patrolling the streets and
highways of California.
As you drive this weekend, please take appropriate measures to protect
yourself. It is a good idea to avoid driving at night, if possible. And
when you do drive, please remember to always wear a seat belt. Of the
49 people killed last year in Labor Day weekend crashes, approximately
70 percent were not wearing seat belts.
If you are a motorcyclist, please be especially careful about wearing a
helmet and riding defensively. This means slowing down and not taking
chances at intersections. A significant number of motorcyclists get killed
annually in accidents involving drivers turning left in cross traffic.
Most importantly, make sure to stay alcohol-free when behind the wheel
this weekend. Even if you are below the legal blood-alcohol limit, just
one or two drinks can nonetheless impair your driving. This makes it much
harder to drive defensively if and when you encounter impaired drivers.
Hopefully, the CHP's Maximum Enforcement Period will take as many drunk
drivers off the road as possible. That being said, we all need to be vigilant
and safe behind the wheel this weekend.
Source: Sierra Sun Times, "
California Highway Patrol 'Labors' During the Holiday to Keep Motorists Safe," Aug. 28, 2014