Florida Guard Family:
Summer is quickly coming to an end and we will pay tribute to our Nation’s workforce with observance of Labor Day. On this holiday weekend I want to commend each of you for your service and hard work.
Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer, a campaign dedicated to ensuring our Soldiers, Airmen, and our families have an injury-free summer. For this weekend, AAA reports that 34.7 million people are expected to drive 50 miles or more. About 86 percent of Americans will be taking that one final road trip before schools are back in session. The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 400 fatalities will occur over this holiday. Not surprisingly, 144 of these lives could be saved with proper seatbelt use. To ensure a safer Labor Day holiday weekend, NSC recommends drivers:
– Refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving
– Do not manipulate in-vehicle “infotainment” systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
– Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
– Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
– Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
– Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi
Every Florida Guard member is a valued member of our team, and each of you plays an important role in accomplishing our mission. We need you and your families to return home safely. As you celebrate with family and friends this Labor Day weekend, please take a few extra minutes to plan your activities to minimize risk.
Once again, thank you for your dedicated service to our State and Nation.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida