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The good news is that drunk driving fatality rates remain low compared to previous years. The percentage of Americans who avoided driving because they felt they had too much to drink to drive safely increased significantly, and the percentage of Americans who thought they might have drove while over the legal limit decreased.

The bad news is that drunk driving fatalities are still happening. For that reason, we approach this Labor Day weekend with some amount of dread.

Many take to the roads to celebrate the end of summer, and unfortunately, a lot of people do so while intoxicated. Thankfully, police departments will be out in full force this weekend to catch drunk drivers. We salute their life-saving efforts.

We urge you to follow and share the following steps to help prevent you becoming another statistic:

1. if you are under the age of twenty-one, it is illegal to consume beverage alcohol so the responsible decision is to obey the law and not drink any amount of alcohol.
2. Should you choose to drink, consume alcohol in moderation.
3. If you plan to drive after drinking, go to B4UDrink.org to learn how your drinking equates to your individual BAC.
4. Make sure you eat and sequence your drinks with water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
5. Choose a designated driver who will not be consuming alcohol or plan for alternative transportation home via taxi, mass transit or other community safe ride programs.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!