Labor Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s workers, is always observed on the first Monday in September. In 1894, Congress passed a law making Labor Day a national holiday. Today, many people hit the road to enjoy the last of their summer vacation.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 381 traffic fatalities on our nation’s roadways during the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend (latest available statistics), including 138 drunk driving fatalities. That’s more than one drunk driving fatality for every year we have been celebrating Labor Day. Three out of four drunk driving fatalities (74%) involved a driver with a BAC level of .15 or higher, nearly twice the legal limit for driving in all 50 states and DC.
For many Americans, Labor Day marks the end of the summer, a day off from work and the start of a new school. So before you celebrate this Labor Day make sure you know how alcohol can affect you at B4Udrink.org and make sure your kids are ready for the new school year at asklistenlearn.com.