St. Louis Traffic Accidents Up Amid Labor Day Enforcement

St. Louis Traffic Accidents Up Amid Labor Day Enforcement

The Labor Day holiday weekend is one the busiest travel weekends of the entire year. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the deadliest. According to the Advertiser-Courier, there were 7 people killed and more than 410 injured in the state of Missouri during Labor Day weekend. last year. There were more than 1,080 accidents recorded.

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“We want motorists to get where they are going safely and Arrive Alive,” said Leanna Depue with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that seat belts are an important factor in the result of these accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are estimated to be close to 400 car accident fatalities over this year’s Labor Day holiday weekend. Officials believe that 143 lives may be saved by buckling up, and an additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.

While a seat belt can help save your life over the weekend, so can safe and alert driving. Some of the most prominent causes for car accidents during the 2012 Labor Day holiday were tailgating, speeding, improper lane chance, failing to yield and inattention — in addition to intoxicated driving, of course.

To help to combat the roadway safety problem, officials have already launched the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. It started August 16th and continues on through Labor Day weekend. During this time, officers from around the state will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation. During this time, they’ll be looking to get intoxicated drivers off of our roadways.

Officials with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety offer these tips for safe travel over the holiday weekend:

-Make sure you’re always buckled up, during each and every car ride. Even if you’re going down the road, a seat belt can save your life.

-Never drink and drive. Intoxicated driving of any form can be dangerous. Make sure you’ve always got a sober driver.

-Make sure you always obey the posted speed limits. The limits are not there to slow you down, but to help keep you safe. You also want to make sure that you adjust your driving to the weather and current traffic conditions.

-Make sure 100 percent of your attention is on driving when you’re behind the wheel. Push all distractions to the side until you are safely stopped.

-Plan out your trip before you get in the car and go. Allow yourself plenty of travel time and know where you’re going. Behind the wheel is no time to be looking at a road map or GPS device.

-Be familiar with the road laws in places you’ll be traveling. Remember that not all states have the same laws as Missouri.

-Get some sleep before heading out. You want to be well-rested while driving. Drivers are alarmingly susceptible to drowsy and fatigued driving when venturing out on long road trips.

-Remember your defensive driving skills. You’ve got to be ready for anything out there.

-Be patient and courteous behind the wheel. Remember we’re all in this together.

More Blog Entries:

Teens Skipping Out on GDL Program Face Serious Accident Risks, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, August 20, 2013

Missouri Busing Accidents Likely With Summer Travel, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, July 16, 2013

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