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Over Labor Day holiday, let’s work to eliminate preventable automobile accidents

Fatal auto accidents jumped 150% between 2014 and 2015; safety starts with no distracted driving; avoiding construction zones may be best strategy to avoid motor vehicle accidents


We all look forward to the Labor Day holiday!

Not only is it a terrific opportunity to make lasting memories with our families and friends, but it’s also the “last hurrah” of summer before all the kids go back to school.

Although we typically celebrate Labor Day by refraining from “laboring” for the first Monday in September, that’s not to say there’s not some work to be done.

Specifically, we can all work on eliminating – or, at a minimum, reducing – the number of car accidents on Michigan’s roadways and highways over the Labor Day holiday.

In particular, after a significant jump in fatal auto accidents and alcohol-related, deadly motor vehicle accidents between 2014 and 2015, we need to get those numbers down.

In its 2015 “Michigan Holiday Traffic Fatalities Report,” the Michigan State Police reported the following for the “2015 Labor Day Holiday”:

  • “Traffic-related fatalities” increased 150% between 2014 and 2015.
  • “Fatal crashes” increased 100% between 2014 and 2015.
  • “Alcohol-related crashes” increased 60% between 2014 and 2015.

Tips for preventing car accidents during your Labor Day travels

My top three tips for avoiding car crashes on Michigan roads during the Labor Day holiday are:

  • No distracted driving.
  • No impaired or under-the-influence driving.
  • Buckle up.

To learn more about safe Labor Day driving and protecting yourself and your family from auto accidents, please check out my blog post, “We can all save lives this Labor Day with these simple driving safety tips.”

How to prevent construction zone automobile accidents

Just as Labor Day may signal the end of summer is near, there’s one thing many Labor Day travelers will encounter over the holiday that reminds us all that summer isn’t over yet: road construction.

Sure, highway repairs can sometimes snarl traffic and delay us from reaching the party or family get-together we’re eager to attend.

But construction zones also pose substantial safety challenges both for motorists and the construction workers who are diligently doing repair work to make the roads safer.

Of course, my top safety tip for preventing construction zone car crashes is to avoid them in the first place.

To learn about my other recommendations for preventing automobile accidents in construction zones, please check out my blog post, “Driving in Michigan road construction zones – Tips to avoid construction accidents.”

Construction zone areas to avoid

If avoidance is your strategy for avoiding and preventing car accidents this holiday weekend, then the Michigan Department of Transportation is here to help you out.

Not only has MDOT “remove[d] traffic restrictions on 92 of 131 active projects statewide,” according to an August 30, 2016, press release, but MDOT has identified the “39 work zones [that] will have active traffic restrictions in place during the Labor Day holiday weekend.”

To access the MDOT press release and, thus, the list of construction zones that will be “active” over Labor Day, please click here.

Notably, the “active” construction zones are located throughout Michigan: Upper Peninsula; Northern Lower Peninsula; West Michigan; Southwest Michigan; Central Michigan and Thumb; Southern Michigan; and, Metro Detroit.


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