Believe it or not, summer is quickly coming to an end. Just as Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, the season ends for most people after Labor Day weekend, which is just a few weeks away at this point.
Summer generally brings an increase in the amount of motorcycle accidents on California roads and highways, but these two holiday weekends are an especially dangerous time. This is because both are associated with high rates of drunk driving and drunk riding. During Labor Day weekend in 2011, there were 11 auto accident fatalities in California caused by drivers and/or riders with a blood-alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
In anticipation of Labor Day weekend, law enforcement agencies throughout California are already beginning to increase anti-drunk-driving enforcement. The California Highway Patrol and most local agencies will be participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
The campaign seeks to crack down on drunk and impaired drivers using a variety of enforcement methods. In Napa County, for instance, law enforcement agencies will be increase their presence on the road by putting more officers out at a time, conducting roving DUI "saturation" patrols and setting up DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints.
Labor Day is still a couple of weeks away, but California roads are already starting to get more dangerous. As we near the end of summer, please drive and ride extra carefully and be on the lookout for intoxicated motorists. The life you save may be your own.
Source: Napa Valley Register, “DUI crackdown planned through Labor Day,” Aug. 15, 2013