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Irene Has Passed But Labor Day Weekend Traffic May Pose A Greater Danger To The Nationís Drivers

The worst of Hurricane Irene has passed. Yet, Labor Day Weekend traffic, including drunk drivers may pose additional risks. urges drivers to drive safely and drive sober.


The worst of Hurricane Irene has passed. The direct monetary cost could be as high as $20 billion according to Peter Morici, an economist at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. The good news is that the death toll has been lower than many people had expected.

The bad news is that this labor day weekend could see a spike in road fatalities, especially since many roads and bridges will not be fixed by the long weekend. Therefore, instant car insurance quote website is urging all drivers this Labor Day Weekend to drive carefully and not drink and drive.

According to research done at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Labor Day Weekend is responsible for a small but noticeable increase in the number of traffic accidents on United States roads and highways.

This is due to a few factors. Primarily, it has to do with the increase in miles driven. This year poor infrastructure conditions may prove an additional obstacle. Finally, driving on unfamiliar roads and an increased likelihood of drinking and then driving are also important contributors.

Thus, fully supports the† NHTSAís íDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overí program. They have found that midnight to 3am is the worst time for drunk drivers and that those aged 21-24 were the most likely age group to offend. So drive safe, drive sober and stay alive this long weekend.


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