This Decision Must be Made on Labor Day. It’s Not About Condiments.

labor-day-drinking-choiceKetchup or mustard – or both? That’s a decision you’ll have to make if you’re grilling hot dogs on Labor Day. But that’s not the biggest choice you’ll face.

A much more important decision is how you’ll avoid Labor Day drinking and driving.

Every year there’s a spike in DUI collisions and deaths around this weekend. People who are usually responsible drivers put them in a position where they feel they have to drink and drive. Often they’re visiting friends or family, where they load up on beer, and then are faced with a drive home that they’re not fit to make.

The problem is pressure: pressure to drink because it’s a once-a-year holiday and the last chance to relax before the summer ends and life becomes busier; and pressure to get home because you’re tired after a day of fun, and staying over can get complicated.

The Only Possible Decision to Make About Labor Day Drinking

In some ways, it’s no decision at all, because drinking and driving is never an option. Your chances of a collision double with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05, and triple at the intoxication level of .08.

With that in mind, your decision is: do I appoint a designated driver, be a designated driver, arrange a ride home, or take public transport or a taxi? We urge you to make that decision early on –right now would be good – and stick to it. That’s the way to ensure that you don’t end up on the wrong end of the Labor Day collision statistics.

At LifeSafer, preventing drunk driving is what we think about every day, and especially on holidays. But if you make the decision to drive sober early on, you can move on to other choices that life presents. As far as they go, you’re on your own.

Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day.