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Drivers to Celebrate Labor Day Responsibly

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 arrested.”

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