National Safety Council Estimates Nearly 400 Fatalities in Car Crashes during Labor Day Weekend

The council has sent out a memo reminding drivers to take extra caution while traveling

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a news release. The period for consideration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. They also estimate that 144 lives could be saved over the period by buckling up.

“Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer activities – it should be a time of celebration,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC, in the statement. “Unfortunately, this weekend will be a time of tragedy for hundreds of families that experience a preventable fatality on our NSC has given the following recommendations to make for a safer Labor Day weekend: refrain from using cellphones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving; do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion; make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size; allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish 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.

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