The Thanksgiving holiday should be a joyous time for all families in America, but far too often the celebration turns to tragedy on the nation’s highways.
Everyone driving on our nation’s/state’s roads this holiday week should drive carefully and defensively, don’t drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up each and every trip.
To lose a loved one is a terrible thing to experience, especially during America’s family holiday, but to lose one’s life when it might have been saved by taking two seconds to buckle a seat belt is truly senseless.
When you’re in your vehicle, whether for long trips or short, please remember to buckle up every trip, every time.
Far too often, this good advice isn’t heeded. Nationally, during the Thanksgiving holiday:
- Seat belts save lives — they are the best defense against crash-related injuries and fatalities.
- Wearing a seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket or worse … your life. We want all drivers and passengers to Click It or Ticket day and night.
- In 2016, seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives. But nearly 2,500 more lives would have been saved if everyone had buckled up.
Additionally, research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of a fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
Yet, 45 million Americans still fail to buckle up regularly.
The holidays are no different and in fact are oftentimes some of the most dangerous days of the year, especially for those driving at night.
During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel season, 1,120 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Of those, more than 50 percent were unrestrained, based on known restraint use.
The Safe Kids Carroll County Coalition wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. And remember, the only belt you should unbuckle this, and every Thanksgiving, is the one at the dinner table, not the one in your car.
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For more information about highway safety during this Thanksgiving holiday, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.