Labor Day began more than 100 years ago as a day for America to honor its workers.
It has changed significantly since that time. In addition to paying tribute to our country's workforce, it also used to mean the end of summer vacation for students and the beginning of fall and football. However, for some time, many area public schools have resumed classes in mid or late August and football kicks off early, too.
Now the holiday is simply regarded as a chance to have one last summer party. It's good to celebrate the end of one season and the unofficial beginning of another, but if that party includes alcohol, remember to stay safe by not getting behind the wheel after drinking.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers that troopers will be out in force this Labor Day weekend to remove impaired drivers from roadways.
During last year's Labor Day weekend reporting period which ran from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday, 11 people were killed on Ohio roads. Six of those deaths were alcohol-related. During that same weekend Ohio troopers arrested 539 drivers on OVI charges.
According to Col. John Born, superintendent of the patrol, "so far this year traffic crash fatalities are down and OVI arrests are up -and we hope to continue this trend over the holiday weekend."
So, if your holiday weekend celebrations get out of hand, be sure to let someone else do the driving. If not, you may find yourself facing a costly OVI charge or, even worse, be involved in an accident that results in serious injuries or death