Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council today released its
estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Memorial Day
holiday weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59
p.m. on Monday, May 27. The Council estimates 407 traffic fatalities and
another 43,500 medically
consulted injuries may occur over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from
motor vehicle collisions.
“NSC issues fatality estimates for major holiday periods to
draw attention to the need for drivers to exercise safe driving practices,
especially when a significant number of drivers are expected to be traveling on
our roadways and highways,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO.
Based on the data gathered from 2006-2011, fatalities from
crashes during the Memorial Day holiday period average 12.86% of the total
fatalities in May. Even so, the estimated fatality total for 2013 is 7% less
than the average actual number of fatalities that occurred during the previous
six Memorial Day holiday periods for which data are available. This is likely
due in part to the struggling economy.
It also is estimated
that 148 lives may be saved this Memorial Day holiday period by buckling up,
and an additional 102 lives
could be saved if all wore seat belts.
- Refrain from all cell phone use - both hands-free and handheld - behind the wheel
- Always remember to wear your seat belt and place children in age-appropriate safety seats
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
- Avoid driving while drowsy
- Don’t drink and drive - even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs reaction time and driving judgment
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and
chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission
is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and
communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and
advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government
agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most
impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug
overdoses and Safe Communities.