Nearly 400 people will be killed in vehicle crashes and another 42,300 will be injured, according to the National Safety Council.
If the prediction plays out, Labor Day road deaths would reach the highest level since 2008, when 473 people lost their lives in fatal crashes. The most recent four years have seen less than 400 people killed from the period between 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday. This year, Labor Day runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.
“Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer activities, and it should be a time of celebration,” said Deborah Hersman president and CEO of the council. “Unfortunately this weekend will be a time of tragedy for hundreds of families that experience a preventable fatality on our roadways.”