Labor day is almost here, and with it comes plenty of parties and events. Drinking and driving during Labor Day is an ongoing problem in the United States. In fact, Labor Day weekend is included in the deadliest 100 days for drivers.
While Labor Day isn't the deadliest day -- that's a title reserved by the Fourth of July -- there is still a potential for serious accidents. As someone who plans to travel and enjoy your time with friends and family, it's important to know what you can do to help prevent these accidents.
What can you do to avoid an OUI on a busy trip?
The first thing you can do is not drink. For many people, that isn't a practical recommendation, but it's the only way to be sure you're not going to be intoxicated behind the wheel. If you do plan on drinking, you might want to consider purchasing a portable breathalyzer. The breathalyzer can tell you your approximate blood alcohol content, allowing you to make an informed decision on when you can drive.
If it's possible, it's a good idea to have a designated driver, even when you're on vacation. If one person knows he or she won't be drinking, it's easier for that individual to stay sober and drive home. If you don't talk about who the designated driver is going to be in advance, everyone may end up drinking too much.
Fortunately, if that happens, it's easy to call up a ride-sharing service or taxi. In city areas, you may be able to take a train or bus system home. It's better to do this and to collect your vehicle the following day than to risk getting into an accident.
Drunk driving can result in the loss of your license and other punishments. Avoid those threats to your freedom by being cautious of how much you drink this Labor Day.