Our Tuscaloosa personal injury attorneys wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Please celebrate responsibly and don’t drink and drive.
Car accidents in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Bessemer and elsewhere in Alabama are a real threat during this final summer holiday weekend of the year.
AAA is reporting 27.3 million travelers are expected to make a trip of at least 50 miles by car over the three-day holiday weekend, CNN Money reports.
Authorities in Alabama will be joining law enforcement in Florida and several other states as part of the “Hands Across the Border” drunk driving enforcement program. The National Safety Council expects 400 motorists will be killed in traffic accidents nationwide. Nearly 40,000 will be seriously injured.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pushing a nationwide campaign entitled “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
“Law enforcement officers across the country are out in force, cracking down on anyone who breaks the law and drives drunk,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “If you’ve had too much to drink, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel. You may not see them, but they will see you. Don’t risk it.”
Nationwide, the hours of midnight to 3 a.m. are the most dangerous time; on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving accident every 23 minutes. Those ages 21 to 34 are most at risk. The hours of 9 p.m. to midnight is the second-deadliest time to be on the road.
CBS42 is reporting fire dangers will be particularly high over the weekend so please be careful with grills or when parking cars in grassy areas.
Alabama Labor Day Safety Tips Include:
-Always wear your seat belt.
-Designate a driver. And don’t drink and drive.
-Be a responsible party host. Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t allow friends to drive home after having too much to drink. Be prepared for overnight guests.
-Get plenty of rest, don’t drive drowsy and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
-Make sure your car is ready for a road trip, including properly inflated tires, headlights in working order and new windshield wipers.
-Don’t speed, tailgate or otherwise drive aggressively.
-Don’t allow distractions to take your focus off the road.
And a final word about gas grill safety. It’s no joke. More than 6,000 house fires a year are attributed to gas grills, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And Labor Day is a time when many gas grills are in sad shape and in need of repair or replacement after a long summer of grilling.
In some cases, the dangers could be the result of product defects or other hazards beyond your control.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following cookout safety tips:
-Check burner tubes for blockage and to ensure they are in good repair.
-Check hoses for cracks and leaks. Keep hoses way from hot surfaces.
-Replace damaged connectors.
-Check for gas leaks following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
-Keep open flames away from a leaking grill.
-Never use a grill indoors.
-Never attempt to repair tank valves.