Every year, the Labor Day weekend proves to be one of the deadliest times on our nation’s highways. With everyone making their long weekend plans, it’s a great time to remind friends and family, and even ourselves, that drinking and driving is never a good move. Take a look at these facts and know that whenever we say something, do something, or lead by example, we are saving our futures and the lives of those we love.
- On average, over 10,000 people have died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk driving crashes.
- Over the Labor Day holiday in 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities nationwide. More than 1/4 (28%) of these involved drivers who were driving with a BAC (blood alcohol content) almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC).
- In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08% or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 53 minutes in the United States.
- Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes.
You know what to do to prevent these statistics – never drink and drive – and keep your friends from doing it too. If you see someone drinking and getting behind the wheel, speak up for your safety.