Friday, May 28, 2010
It's Memorial Day Weekend - Be Careful Traveling
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 33,963 people died last year (2009) in motor vehicle collisions. The Memorial Day weekend is a holiday period targeted by the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) program sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in an effort to reduce traffic deaths through high visible enforcement and education. The National Safety Council estimates that over 24,700 people may suffer nonfatal disabling injuries and over 470 people may die from traffic accidents during the Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend begins today at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2010 and continues to 11:59 p.m., Monday May 31, 2010.
Here's a few tips to consider:
- Where your seat belt while occupying a motor vehicle;
- Drive while sober; don't drink and drive;
- Focus on the road and minimize distractions such as using a cell phone while driving and/or texting;
- Drive defensively;
- Reduce speed; make sure you make your travel plans with plenty of time to get to your destination without having to speed. The faster the speed, the less reaction time you have for any hazard ahead of you; and
- Be courteous while driving. Act/don't react. Don't let your emotions take over while driving if someone "cuts you off" or otherwise acts inappropriate on public roads or highways.
Drivers who use their cell phones or text while driving (sending or receiving) significantly increase the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.
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Alan L. Morton
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