Labor Day

Today marks for many the end of summer and the beginning of fall. A three-day weekend to relax and celebrate with family and friends before heading full force into the school year and anticipating the holiday season.

We should take a moment to remember this holiday was established as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” to borrow the U.S. Department of Labor’s words.

This country’s workforce, though it has taken a few hits, remains the strongest in the world.

Enjoy this break today, then, to appreciate the benefits of living in a country in which laborers have so much to take pride.

But as you enjoy the day, use some common sense and discretion. Law enforcement officers will not be taking the day off, and, in fact, will be making additional patrols over the weekend. They will not be looking simply for those driving under the influence, but also for those who are attempting to text and drive.

National Safety Council figures estimate 400 people will be killed in traffic crashes and another 42,300 injured through this holiday weekend. Do your part to ensure this day to remember the contributions of the American worker does not become a day on which your friends and family are forced to remember a tragedy.

Do not drink and drive. Do not drive distracted. Obey the law. Tomorrow will be better for it.

Happy Labor Day, everyone.