Make Safety Top Priority this Labor Day

Labor Day is a wonderful time to celebrate achievements of the American workforce during one of the final weeks of summer. During this peak holiday travel time, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (M.D.O.T.) urges motorists to avoid potential driving distractions for a safer holiday weekend.

According to the National Safety Council, there were 390 traffic fatalities nationally over Labor Day weekend in 2010. It is important to take safety precautions during this time to prevent increased crowds, alcohol and motorists from endangering your holiday plans. By making safety the number one priority no matter how you choose to celebrate, Labor Day can be more safe and fun for everyone.

“With Labor Day weekend being one of the busiest weekends on the road, we urge motorists to take extra precautions, so that everyone makes it safely to their destination,” said M.D.O.T. Executive Director, Melinda McGrath.

M.D.O.T. offers the following travel safety tips:
•Buckle up and make sure your passengers do as well
•Make sure all children are in safety seats appropriate for their size
•Don’t drink and drive
•Allow enough time for travel to avoid excessive speed and observe speed limits
•Eliminate distracted driving activities such as eating or cell phone usage
•Be aware of other drivers and use defensive driving techniques
•Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive

While celebrating this weekend, remember to keep safety first for a safe and enjoyable holiday for you and your loved ones.

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