Why Accidents Increase in Florida During Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day weekend unofficially marks the last days of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer, which begins on Memorial Day. Around this time, car accidents generally increase due to a broad range of factors. But even the best-laid travel plans may be ruined by devastating car crashes. But why exactly do accidents in Florida increase during Labor Day weekend?
Top Causes of Labor Day Accidents and Deaths in Florida During Labor Day Weekend
Based on FLHSMV data, more than 3,500 motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2020 between the Friday before Labor Day and the day itself. During this period, 43 people were killed, and nine of these deaths involved alcohol or drugs. Common causes of Labor Day weekend accidents in Florida typically include:
- Driving Under The Influence of Drugs or Alcohol – Labor Day weekend is a prime time for parties, gatherings, and barbecues where people often drink alcohol or get high on drugs. Even small amounts of drugs or alcohol can lead to impaired driving abilities, which can result in devastating consequences.
- More Tourists and Motorists – Traffic generally increases during summertime, especially on weekends when people head to their destinations. Because Labor Day is unofficially the last day of summer, most people travel to and from multiple places to take advantage of the last days of summer. But this increased traffic also means an increased risk of getting involved in serious motor vehicle crashes.
- More Inexperienced Drivers – Inexperienced (usually teenage) drivers can be found on the roadways during Labor Day weekend. It’s the last summer weekend, which means that younger drivers typically plan weekend getaways or day trips with their friends. But drivers with insufficient driving experience aren’t always quick to react to unexpected situations. Their inexperience could raise the risk of severe vehicle crashes.
- Distracted Driving – Talking or texting on the cellphone, interacting with passengers, reaching for something inside the car, looking at the GPS system, or sightseeing while driving are all common examples of distracted driving. During Labor Day weekend, drivers engage in various distracted driving behaviors, including texting, posting stuff on social media, and tinkering with the radio, among many others. Unfortunately, getting distracted, even for several seconds, can result in severe to life-altering consequences.
- Early Morning and Late Night Travels – A lot of families opt to start the Labor Day weekend on Thursday or Friday evening after work. Others choose to leave early the next morning. According to NHTSA data, motor vehicle accidents that happen from 6 PM to 6 AM are more deadly than those that occur at any time of the day.
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