About Labor Day, Sobriety Checkpoints and Holiday Safety

Labor_day_2001  Wikipedia’s Labor Day article tells us that Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September. The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the "working man". It is still celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer for many. Labor Day became a national holiday by Act of Congress in 1894.[1]

Another interesting article, The Origin of Labor Day by Ryan M. Hoback of the Motivated Entrepeneur, goes into greater detail about the holiday.

Duisobritycheckpoints  Los Angeles Sobriety Checkpoints: LAPD will be in full force this Labor Day Holiday.  Bottom line: Don’t drink and drive.

Bbq_001 Classbrain.com has a fantastic article entitled Barbeque Food Safety for Labor Day Grilling where they discuss everything from taking the food home from the store to pre-cooking, cooking, safe smoking and cancer risks of grilling.

The National Safety Council posted the following article on their website:

Buckle_up  Buckle Up on Labor Day

The Council has issued its projection for traffic fatalities during the 2007 Labor Day holiday, spanning from 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 3. An estimated 490 lives will be lost on the road during this 3.25-day holiday period, in addition to an estimated 25,500 nonfatal disabling injuries. The average number of traffic fatalities during the six most recent Labor Day holiday periods was more than 13 percent higher than similar non-holiday periods. However, an estimated 420 lives may be saved this holiday period because drivers and passengers will wear their seat belts. An additional 117 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts. For the full Labor Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate, 2007 report, Click here.

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