Many people in Bryan are probably planning to travel this weekend for Labor Day, even if it is just to a neighborhood barbecue or party. Everyone should be careful, however - Labor Day weekend is historically one of the worst times for drunk driving.

According to the Texas chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, sobriety checkpoints set up during the long Labor Day weekend are some of the most productive in terms of capturing suspected drunk drivers.

Of course, it is a good thing for all of us that law enforcement officers are looking out for our safety. On the other hand, we all know how easy it is to have just one too many drinks when you are getting together with friends to celebrate and socialize. Sometimes you do not realize you are over your limit until you get in the car and start heading home. And whenever law enforcement officers are on the lookout specifically looking for suspected drunk drivers, there is always the risk that they will be too aggressive when it comes to borderline cases.

The most prudent thing to do is always to consume alcohol in moderation and arrange for a sober ride home if you think you might need one. If things do not go as planned, however, and you find yourself facing charges of drunk driving, it would not be a bad idea to meet with an attorney. A lawyer who regularly handles DUI and DWI cases will be able to offer you advice pertinent to your specific situation.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "The Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving," last accessed Aug. 23, 2011.