NSC Estimates 380 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend
For the first time in four years, the National Safety Council estimates fewer than 400 fatalities on the road during Memorial Day weekend.
National Safety Council estimates indicate that 380 people may die on the road during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. This year’s estimate is the first time in four years the Council is estimating fewer than 400 fatalities for the three-day holiday period, connected to an overall leveling off of roadway deaths after the deadliest three-year period in 50 years, the Council said.
In addition to an estimated 380 fatalities, the Council estimates that an additional 43,300 people may be seriously injured on the roads during the long weekend, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 27.
“Although we are experiencing a plateau in fatality trends, we are still losing an unacceptable number of people on our roadways, and this holiday may be no different,” said Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at NSC. “If we pay attention, slow down and be courteous, we can increase our chances of making it to picnics, beaches and barbecues rather than emergency rooms.”
The council offers the following tips to stay safe this holiday weekend: