According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Labor Day is the second deadliest major holiday on Minnesota roads.
And this is highlighted by the fact that over the last five years there have been 24 deaths at his time of year, thought of by many as the last big celebration of summer.
So if you’re off out this weekend, before you get behind the wheel, make sure you have a plan B as it’s vital to make sure you have a sober ride home, not only for you, but for other drivers on the road.
So here are few things you can do to make our roads safer for all of us if you plan to go out celebrating this Labor Day weekend.
- Choose a Designated Driver
It may be the job that nobody wants, but electing a designated driver will ensure you have a guaranteed ride home after the fun has finished. But try and be fair. If it’s your turn to do it this weekend, then make sure you are free to let your hair down come Halloween or Thanksgiving.
- Use Public Transport
Eliminate the risk completely by getting a bus or train into the city or to see friends and family. With a little forward planning this can sometimes be cheaper and more convenient, not to mention safer.
- Zero Alcohol
Don’t be tempted to “just have one or two” if you are out for the Labor Day weekend. Just one drink can affect your ability to drive and might even push you over the legal blood/alcohol limit, meaning you might face a DWI charge, even if you think you are fine to drive.
- Book a Taxi
If you know you are going to be out drinking, think about booking a taxi for your journey home. Public holidays can be a busy time for cab companies, so make sure you have yours pre-arranged to eliminate any temptation to drive home at the end of the night.
- Get a Room
It may be an expensive option, but as a last resort, why not consider staying over? Booking a hotel room will mean you have no reason to drive home at the end of the night and can even allow you to make a little more of your holiday weekend. But remember, alcohol can stay in your blood stream for up to 12 hours, so make sure you are fit to drive before setting off the next day.