During the next few days, millions of people across the country will be getting together with friends and family to commemorate Labor Day Weekend. For many Americans, the first Monday of September marks the symbolic end of summer, and the last chance to get some rest and relaxation in before the kids head back to school and the temperatures begin to drop. There is no doubt that this is a time to celebrate with those you hold dear, however, holidays like Labor Day can also be an incredibly dangerous time to be on the road.
Every year around this time, hundreds of Americans lose their lives because of drunk driving accidents, and thousands of additional road users suffer serious, life-altering injuries at the hands of drivers who chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
As car accident lawyers, we know how dangerous drunk drivers can be, and we want to do everything possible to keep Illinois residents safe. No matter what your plans are for Labor Day Weekend, if you consume alcohol, we urge you to keep the following tips in mind:
Pick a Designated Driver Before Leaving the House-When going to a bar or get together, taking a few minutes to make sure everyone in your group is on the same page will allow everyone to have a more enjoyable night, and it will ensure that each person gets home safely. Designate a sober driver to get you home, and make sure they understand their responsibilities. To be clear, the designated driver should not be the person that has consumed the least alcohol; a designated driver should abstain from alcohol for the entire night.
Give Your Keys to Someone Sober-Often, a person may believe that they are fine to drive even when others can clearly see otherwise. If you are at a friends house or a gathering, give your keys to someone who you can trust and tell them to return them only when they believe it is safe for you to operate your car.
Stick Together and Watch Out For Friends-As the above tips have already pointed out, there is strength in numbers. Whether you are sober or you have been drinking, you can probably tell when a friend has had too many drinks to drive. If you see a friend attempt to drive home drunk, speak up and confront them about it. They may be angry for a night, but they will thank you for it later.
Our legal team has witnessed just how damaging drunk driving accidents can be. We hope that these safety tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe!