We have warned you before on this blog about how law enforcement agencies plan to step up their efforts to catch drunk drivers over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. But given how serious the consequences of a DUI are, it is a message that is worth sending again.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a nationwide effort called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" that is designed to send a message through "high-visibility enforcement and public awareness messaging." States are participating in the effort with their own localized enforcement measures. In Texas, that translates to extra law enforcement personnel on the roads with special instructions to keep an eye out for people who are driving while they are intoxicated.

The reason for the increased apprehension efforts is that Labor Day is one of the worst times for drunk drivers. People tend to celebrate a little too much, it seems, and then get behind the wheels of their cars.

As always, you should follow some common-sense guidelines if you plan to drink this weekend. Arrange for a sober ride or a cab if you know you're going to have alcohol. Also, try to keep track of how many drinks you have had - it can be difficult when you are catching up with friends and celebrating, but it is important and can help prevent you from over-imbibing.

If those efforts fail and you find yourself accused of driving while intoxicated, it might be worth your while to speak with an attorney about the charges against you. A lawyer who regularly works with these kinds of matters will be able to offer you assistance you might find valuable.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Administration, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: 2011 Labor Day Crackdown," Aug. 19, 2011.