Oneida County Sheriff Offers Labor Day Weekend Safety Tips For Travelers

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities in the United States. The National Safety Council estimates that there will be 405 traffic related fatalities this Labor Day weekend.

In order to do all you can to keep you and your passengers safe, Sheriff Maciol offers these safety tips for the upcoming weekend:

-Check your vehicle’s tires, tire pressure, batteries and fluid levels.

-Have everyone in your vehicle wear their seat belts.

-Never drink and drive. Have a plan for a designated driver or organize a ride if you plane to consume alcohol.

-Plan ahead and map out your travel route.

-Eliminate distractions such as cellphones and electronic devices.

-Be mindful of construction work zones and the construction & emergency workers on the roads.

-Fill up the gas tank to avoid being stranded.

-Have an emergency road kit equipped with cell phone, car charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables, emergency flares, drinking water and extra food for travelers and pets.