NSC Estimates 395 May be Killed on Roads This Holiday Weekend

The safety council is urging travelers to practice defensive driving.

The National Safety Council has released a statement estimating 395 people will be killed during the upcoming Labor day holiday period, with another 47,800 getting seriously injured.

With overall traffic deaths up 14 percent through the first six months of 2015, it could be the most deadly year on U.S. roads since 2007.

"Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as families celebrate a last holiday before they fall back into a regular school and work routine," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "But save the reverie for the backyard BBQs. When you are on the roads, be alert and drive defensively. Making smart decisions could be the difference between a relaxing long weekend and one spent in the emergency room."

Some tips from NSC include: Designate an alcohol- and drug-free driver, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue, and never use a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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