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Labor Day Driving Statistics and Safety Tips

March 2017

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities. The National Safety Council estimates 405 fatalities this Labor Day weekend.

The chart below shows their estimates for previous years and actual fatality numbers.

Year Estimate Actual
2010 368 390
2009 404 351
2008 439 473
2007 490 508
2006 533 487
2005 475 500

In an effort to keep roadways dafe, the NSC offers these safe driving tips for Labor Day weekend travelers:

• Don’t drink and drive. Law officials will be in full force focusing attention on impaired drivers.
• If you do drink, make arrangements for a designated driver or a taxi.
• Wear your seat belt. It is estimated that 148 people may survive collisions this weekend because they will have worn safety belts.
• Enforce a distraction-free zone for drivers. This includes cell phones, gps, etc.
• Ensure children are in properly installed safety seats appropriate for their size.
• Allow plenty of travel time to discourage speeding and frustration.
• Drive alert and exercise extreme caution at all times.

Click here for more information:  www.nsc.org/Pages/NSC-releases-traffic-fatality-estimates-and-safety-tips-for-Labor-Day-weekend.aspx

Source: The National Safety Council

 

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