Safe Family Vacations During Labor Day Weekend Celebrations
Labor Day Weekend is the last long weekend of the summer and marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Each year, Missouri families take off for a mini family vacation with many families choosing to spend time on the water.
The Missouri Highway Patrol shares safety tips for families on the road during Labor Day weekend. Additionally, the Missouri Highway Patrol also notes that many drowning accidents occur during the weekend as families takeout the boats and engage in watersports.
The Missouri Highway Patrol will be out full force in Operation C.A.R.E. (Car Accident Reduction Effort). The state highway patrol will have all available officers on traffic duty. They will be focusing on U.S. Highways 36, 61, and 63, which are the highest traffic highways during Labor Day Weekend.
Families should ensure that everyone is wearing a seatbelt, that all children are in age-appropriate car seats, and that life jackets are available for waters ports. In particular the state highway patrol will be attempting to identify drivers who are intoxicated because they are likely to cause catastrophic car accidents.
Important safety tips include:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Follow speed limits
- Travel early in the morning and avoid traveling at night
- Wear seat belts
- Have a designated driver
- Don’t use cellphones
- Don’t drive while sleepy
Many drivers forget to ensure that their vehicles are ready for travel. With so many cars on the roads, it will be difficult to access tow truck drivers so ensure that your car is ready. Change your oil, check the spare tire and tire changing kit, make sure that the brakes work well.
Signals and lights are especially important in high congestion areas. Proper lane changes and night travel require functional lights and signals.
Missouri car accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates, P.C.wish everyone a happy Labor Day Weekend.