Legislative Column for Aug. 31, 2018
Many Missourians are eagerly anticipating a long holiday weekend as Labor Day quickly approaches. It’s always a nice opportunity to take some time off from our busy lives and spend it with our family and friends. This Labor Day will be no different. While this weekend could be one for the record books in terms of heat, we shouldn’t forget the reason we are celebrating. We are recognizing the men and women, who through hard work and determination built this great nation. Make sure to take time for yourself and your family this weekend to look around and see all that our nation’s hard work has brought us.
We have been celebrating Labor Day for nearly 136 years. The first Labor Day holiday was held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York. Twelve years later, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. Today, we celebrate with parades and festivals across the country recognizing the American worker.
While your family is taking some time to honor our hardworking Americans, remember Labor Day weekend is also one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), during the 2017 Labor Day weekend 15 people died and more than 115 were injured in traffic accidents. MODOT estimates most of the crashes were caused by inattention, failure to yield, improper lane usage, following too close and speeding.
MODOT officials believe that following the rules of the road and buckling up every time are ways to protect yourself if you are in an accident. Always drive sober or designate a sober driver. Any kind of impairment on the road is dangerous, not only to you and your passengers, but to other riders on the road.
As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.