NSC Estimates Nearly 800 Total Fatalities from Car Crashes This Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Periods

The NSC has provided tips to stay safe in a news release

The NSC has released its traffic fatality estimates for the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holiday periods in a news release. The NSC estimates 366 deaths and another 39,200 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of car crashes during the Christmas Day holiday period.

An estimated 421 deaths and 45,000 injuries requiring medical attention may occur during the New Year’s Day holiday period according to the NSC. The council says seat belts could save an estimated 134 lives during the Christmas Day holiday period and 154 lives during the New Year’s Day holiday period.

“The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “Sadly, we could be facing two especially deadly holiday periods, since each will include a long four-day weekend. Families should take extra precaution on our highways to avoid unnecessary tragedies.”

The NSC gave the following tips for those who wish to stay safe:

  • Buckle up every trip, every time – even when traveling short distances
  • Refrain from using electronic devices – including hands-free – behind the wheel
  • Secure children in size-appropriate restraints
  • Do not drink and drive, as impairment begins with the first drink  -- if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation
  • Plan ahead and drive defensively, especially during bad weather
  • Never drive when you are tire – get plenty of sleep before your trip and plan regular stops

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