We salute the U.S. veterans who sacrificed to preserve and protect us. And many of us celebrate freedom of the road on this holiday. Also, due to COVID people may be more inclined to be on the roads just to get out of the house as many states are re-opening. This includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Memorial Day traffic is one of the heaviest, which translates into more accidents. According to the National Safety Council, an average of 358 fatal accidents happen per year during the Memorial Day weekend.
Protect your family with these Memorial Day safety tips from the NHTSA:
- Watch your alcohol consumption – know what you are drinking – tolerance and intoxication aren’t the same thing
Alcohol and driving is always a bad mix. Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in a motor-vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. If you have young drivers, it is important to discuss the dangers of alcohol consumption as well as impaired driving due to alcohol and or drugs.
- Keep your tires properly inflated
If Memorial Day weekend means a road trip for you and the gang, make sure your tires are ready to endure the excursion.
- Clean your windshield
Make sure your view is clear and your wipers are in good shape. A sudden summer storm will hinder visibility more rapidly if there’s a coat of grime or dust on the windshield.
- Don’t leave kids or pets unattended
Under no circumstances should you leave your children in the car, even if you’re just running into the store for sunscreen. Temperatures inside an automobile can increase to deadly levels quickly. This is also true for pets such as dogs.
- Stay alert while driving
When you get behind the wheel, stay alert and avoid distracted driving. To stay alert on your trip, get plenty of rest before you leave. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid aggravation, and keep yourself hydrated by bringing water with you.
If, despite these warnings and safe driving tips you find yourself facing criminal, DUI or DWI charges, please contact our firm to discuss your rights and how we can protect them. We offer free case reviews and serve the Atlantic City, Cape May, Cherry Hill, Maple Shade, Media, Moorestown, Norristown, Philadelphia, Salem & Vineland areas.