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Labor Day Road Safety & Statistics in Colorado

The end of summer is coming, and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Are you Planning on a road trip or have plans on a drive over to friendly BBQ? In the state of Colorado, a lot of people prefer to travel during Labor Day weekend. It is widely known to be one of busiest holidays for traffic. It’s also one of the most dangerous times to drive in the United States. The National Safety Council has calculated an estimate of about 400 traffic related fatalities occurring every Labor Day weekend in the United States.

According to CDOT, statewide law enforcement increased its efforts to crackdown and prevent intoxicated driving during the Labor Day weekend. Last year, there were over 1000 citations handed out to intoxicated drivers.

The number of intoxicated drivers ends significantly spiking on big three-day weekend holidays, which in turn also increases the danger level of driving for other people on the roadways of Colorado. CDOT also reported that there were over 46 DUI related fatalities during last year’s August – September period, which was a 28% increase from 2017.

When driving on Labor Day weekend, always be aware of your surroundings. Never drive distracted, never drive intoxicated and be sure to buckle up. The National Safety Council says about 163 of the 400 calculated Labor Day deaths can be prevented by simply driving with a seatbelt.

If you are planning on taking a long road trip, have a plan to drive with a buddy and have time for rest. Don’t drive drowsy and don’t drive alone. Have you and your buddies switch.

If you were to unfortunately get involved in a car accident with another driver, the first step would be to check if anyone needs any immediate medical attention. According to a Fort Collins car accident attorney, the most important step a driver must do after a severe accident is to call a medical response team (911) and local law enforcement if anyone is seriously hurt, injured or incapacitated. If the accident caused any severe property damage or injury a police report must be filed.

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