Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Accordingly, it is a weekend
of cookouts, beach trips and other festivities.
To stay safe, we urge drivers to celebrate responsibly. That means avoiding
distractions, obeying the speed limit, and designating a sober driver
if you plan to consume alcohol.
Statistics show that, on average, two people die every day in California
in an impaired driving collision, while many more are
seriously injured. The risk of an alcohol-related accident increases dramatically on holiday weekends.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and California Highway Patrol
(CHP) have already announced that they will be stepping up enforcement
around the Labor Day holiday. There will be an increase in law enforcement
presence on the roads and additional checkpoints throughout the state.
“As people get together to celebrate the holiday weekend, it is important
that they remain responsible behind the wheel,” said OTS Director
Christopher J. Murphy. “Driving under the influence is extremely
dangerous. California is increasing enforcement during the holiday to
ensure that those who choose to drive while impaired will be caught and
When you hit the road this Labor Day, we encourage you to keep the following
tips in mind:
- If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation,
such as a taxi or public transportation
- Avoid distractions while driving, including cell phone, navigation systems,
and other electronic devices
- Make sure all passengers are wearing their seat belts and children are
in age-appropriate safety seats
- Allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination, which can help avoid
frustration and reduce the impulse to speed
- Drive defensively and exercise caution, particularly on congested roads
or during inclement weather