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Enjoy safe Labor Day weekend

Summer is fast fleeting with the approaching Labor Day weekend signaling one last holiday to be enjoyed before the onset of fall and a more rigorous school-related schedule of activity for many families.

On that note, Labor Day gatherings are the last, well-deserved 'hurrah' of summer before rolling in the docks at lake cottages and the onset of Monday night football and the other corresponding activities associated with the transition into cooler temperatures, shorter days, and everything else delegated to the fall season.

Labor Day traditionally is a weekend set aside to relax and have fun and that's what we would encourage everyone to aim for. There's a catch though - whatever you set out to do, approach in a safe, responsible manner.

The message we have been hearing through a ramped up media campaign is that drinking and driving don't mix; and once again, national and local law enforcement officials will be out reinforcing this message in a loud, clear way.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol, in cooperation with other state departments and local law enforcement agencies, will be taking part in the "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit-Under Arrest" crackdown which will continue through Labor Day weekend.

Additional troopers will be on the road with the express purpose of reducing impaired driving.

Statistics show that alcohol use and not wearing seat belts continue to be key factors in traffic related deaths.

So, in that regard it is important for everyone to approach whatever they do over the Labor Day weekend with a large dose of common sense which will go a long way in insuring and promoting safety.

Going back to the holiday itself, did you know that Labor Day was initiated back in 1882 as a day to honor the working men and women of this country by creating a special day off to basically relax?

For many, that will mean picnics and backyard get-togethers, or traveling to out-of-town destinations to savor time with family and friends - all activities viewed as the perfect and fitting conclusion to a summer that zipped by way too fast.