DES MOINES — Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer when we celebrate with barbecues and road trips. But be aware as you hit the highways that the Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of drunk-driving fatalities. During the 2018 Labor Day holiday period (Aug. 31 – Sept. 4), there were 439 traffic fatalities nationwide. A total of 43 percent of those fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking and more than one-third (38 percent) of the fatalities involved drivers who were over the legal limit. Ultimately, drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that puts all road users at risk.
Last year in Iowa, there were six fatalities over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Three of these fatalities involved a drunk driver. To help keep people safe on roadways and put an end to drunk driving, extra law enforcement will be out, both locally and nationally, in support of the 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, 2020, officers will be out keeping roads safe by removing impaired drivers and addressing other serious traffic violations.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.