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For Immediate Release,
11/8/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
NSC Estimates 436 Deaths from Traffic Crashes for
2013 Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period
 
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council today released its estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the 2013 Thanksgiving Day holiday period, which begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 1. The Council estimates 436 traffic fatalities and another 46,600 medically consulted injuries may occur from motor vehicle collisions during this busy holiday time.
 
“NSC issues fatality estimates for major holiday periods to draw attention to the need for drivers to exercise safe driving practices,” said John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council. “It is especially important to highlight these numbers when a significant number of drivers are expected to be traveling on our roadways and highways."
 
The estimated fatality total for 2013 is 8% less than the average actual number of fatalities (474) that occurred during the previous six Thanksgiving Day holiday periods for which data are available. The lower than average fatality estimate this Thanksgiving Day holiday period is a reflection of an overall downward trend in motor vehicle deaths in the United States that started in 2008. Although 2012 showed an increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities, preliminary 2013 results are once again consistent with the downward trend.
 
Evaluation of Recent Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period Estimates
 
Year
Estimate
90% Confidence Interval
Actual
2006
555
500-615
623
2007
564
499-635
542
2008
479
415-551
484
2009
447
392-508
401
2010
441
378-513
417
2011
434
368-509
375
 
It is estimated that 158 lives may be saved this Thanksgiving Day holiday period by buckling up, and an additional 109 lives could be saved if all wore safety belts. To take a positive approach to encouraging safety belt use, NSC recommends:
  • Wear your safety belt every trip, every time – even when traveling a short distance
  • Model this safe behavior, especially in front of children
  • Ensure everyone is safely buckled up before you drive
  • Place children in age-appropriate safety seats

Supplemental Thanksgiving Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate Detail

About the National Safety Council
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