Have you ever confused Memorial Day and Labor Day? One opens the pools for summer, the other tells us it’s time to wrap up the summer fun and get ready for fall and winter. Labor Day Weekend is the last time for fun in the sun with barbecues, beach trips and plenty of beer for partygoers, and it’s a pretty popular time for driving drunk, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). But, drunk driving is nothing to celebrate, especially when there’s so much fun to be had during the last hurrah of summer. So, instead of putting everyone in danger this Labor Day, let’s all just drive sober.
Labor Day Guidelines for Sober Roads:
- If you’re driving, then don’t drink alcohol.
- If you do drink alcohol, then find a sober ride home.
- If your friends or family are drinking alcohol, don’t let them drive.
- If you see someone on the road who appears to be driving drunk, call 9-1-1.
When you drive sober you’re saving lives and you become a hero to millions of Americans. Because Labor Day celebrates the working men and women in the U.S., it’s just a nice way to pay it forward and show appreciation to each other. On the other hand, if you risk others on the roads, you’re looking at a long road back to where you started, with court costs, fines, an ignition interlock device and more to keep you on the right track.
National holidays are times to relax, make memories with family and friends, take advantage of extra time off from work and appreciate the satisfaction of a job well done. This Labor Day weekend, let’s all keep celebrating safely and only promise to drive sober. Not only are we ensuring the safety of our roads and a super sendoff to a summer of fun, but, we are also giving each other the best chance for more Labor Day celebrations to come.