The National Safety Council estimates 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries may occur during the Labor Day weekend due to car crashes. NSC also estimates 143 lives could be saved this Labor Day holiday by buckling up. An additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.
Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. Sadly, teens buckle up far less frequently than adults. In 2009, the 56 percent of drivers ages 16 to 20 involved in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts.
- Drive distraction free. Drivers should not fiddle with any electronic devices including cell phones – handheld and hands-free – GPS systems and in-vehicle, voice-activated technology.
- Make sure children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and 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
Stay safe and enjoy the final days of summer!