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For Immediate Release,
8/18/2014
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
National Safety Council estimates nearly 400 fatalities in car crashes during Labor Day weekend
Council reminds drivers to take extra caution while traveling  
 
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. An evaluation of recent Labor Day holiday period fatality estimates is shown in the table below.  
 
Evaluation of Recent Labor Day Holiday Period Estimates 
 
Year
Estimate
90% Confidence Interval
Actual
2007
490
440-544
508
2008
439
384-501
473
2009
404
356-457
351
2010
368
320-422
390
2011
400
337-472
373
2012
405
336-485
378
 
 It also is estimated that 144 lives may be saved this Labor Day holiday period by buckling up. 
 
“Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer activities – it should be a time of celebration” said Deborah A.P. Hersman president and CEO of NSC. “Unfortunately this weekend will be a time of tragedy for hundreds of families that experience a preventable fatality on our roadways.”  
 
To ensure a safer Labor Day holiday weekend, NSC recommends drivers:  
  • Refrain from using cell phones – handheld or hands-free – because there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving
  • Do not manipulate in-vehicle infotainment systems or electronic devices, including GPS systems, while the vehicle is in motion
  • Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their age and size
  • Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
  • Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi 
 
 
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.
 
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