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Is this one of those dangerous long holiday weekends? How can we make the roads safer?

Gary Jaffarian explains that by making sure to not drink and drive we can reduce the number of fatalities by at least 20%.

Backyard BBQThis is the weekend to acknowledge the end of summer and is celebrated with barbecues and trips to the beach as a last hurrah. Many of these parties, outings and celebrations involve serving liquor. That’s precisely why thousands of law enforcement officers, state and local safety advocates will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide Labor Day weekend drunk driving prevention mobilization called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Research shows that high-visibility police enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. The NHTSA will also be buying ads and billboards to remind people if they aren’t sober, they will get pulled over. You can’t hide driving erratically.

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities. Drunk driving is a life-threatening problem our country faces every day. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, up from 9,967 in drinking and drive2014. It’s incomprehensible that more than 10,000 people lose their lives in drunk-driving crashes each year, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.

In 2015, nearly 20 percent of all drunk-driving fatalities for the month occurred over the Labor Day holiday period. The statistics are clear: Labor Day weekend is increasingly more dangerous for people out on the roads. It is important that those considering driving after drinking know that there are deadly consequences to their actions, according to the NHTSA.

Drunk-driving fatalities increased steadily through the summer of 2015, with 891 fatalities in June, 941 fatalities in July, and peaking in August with 1,045 fatalities—moreDrink Drive2 than any other time during that year. But even one fatality is one too many.

I often discuss the options to drink and not drive—or to drive and not drink– and serve as the official “designated driver.” The other culprit for accidents, of course, are cell phones as the major source of distracted drivers. Sad but true, these accidents are 100% avoidable. If you are going to “party” this weekend, here are your only choices:
• Bring a friend who doesn’t want to drink to be your designated driver.
• Sleep over as the host’s house or a local hotel.
• Call a cab, Uber or Lyft.
• Take public transportation.

If you don’t have Bluetooth, no talking on the cell and never text. It is illegal in New Hampshire to talk on hand-held phones. In Massachusetts, it is discouraged. Cell phones now rival alcohol for traffic accidents. If you need help connecting to Bluetooth or want to buy a new vehicle with Bluetooth, this is a great time to come to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. This is one of the best times to purchase or lease a 2017 model, as the 2018 vehicles are arriving daily. Let’s make this the safest Labor Day weekend ever!

Enjoy this last “unofficial” weekend of summer safely.

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