With the economy improving and gas prices on the decline, we’re expecting an increase in the number of driving travelers over the Labor Day weekend. In North Carolina, we’re expecting a 5 percent increase in travelers, according to AAA Carolina, compared to the 4.2 percent national increase.
The Herald Sun reports that more than 972,000 North Carolina residents plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the five-day weekend, which runs from Thursday the 29th through Monday the 2nd.
“As the economy has steadily improved in the Carolinas, more families will take advantage of the last holiday weekend of the summer,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that an increase in traffic will come with an increase in traffic accident risks. That’s why officials throughout the state will be enforcing the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. This campaign started back on the 16th and will be running through the Labor Day weekend. It includes various checkpoints throughout the state, which are used to target intoxicated drivers. To help to make our roadways safer, officials have also decided to suspend most of the state’s roadway construction projects from 4:00 p.m. on Friday through 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. According to research, more than 45 percent of travelers will leave for their destination on Friday and a little less than 45 percent will return on Monday. Another 42 percent will return home on Tuesday. These will be the most dangerous — and congested — times to be on the road.
But it’s not just North Carolina that’s being targeted during these enforcement efforts. South Carolina officers and officials with the S.C. Department of Public Safety will be targeting impaired drivers as well.
Officers are targeting the period because it is the last big event during the summer travel and vacation period, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The initiative marks the end of 100 Deadly Days of Summer, which is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day in which fatalities increase.
But this effort does a lot more than just catch intoxicated drivers. In recent years, officials have also focused on those driving without a valid license, drivers with outstanding warrants and various drug offenders and fugitives.
Drivers are asked to have their driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance ready when they enter a checkpoint.
And don’t forget to buckle up. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), close to 400 people are expected to die in traffic accidents over the long holiday weekend. However, they also believe that an estimated 143 lives may be saved by buckling up, and an additional 99 lives could be saved if all motorists were to wear their seat belts.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
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