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Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council estimates 409 deaths and 49,500 injuries requiring medical attention will occur on our nation's roadways this Fourth of July holiday weekend. This is the highest predicted number the Council has released for a three-day Independence Day holiday since 2008.
The holiday period falls on a weekend – from 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2 to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5 – and summer weekends are especially deadly. Six of the 10 deadliest nights of 2013 were Saturday nights in the summer.[i]
"Drivers always need to be vigilant, but this weekend, focus on the safety of your family," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "A few precautions can help ensure a memorable weekend. Spending the holiday with family is preferable to spending time in the ER."
NSC recommends the following tips for traveling safely this holiday:
*Supplemental Independence Day Holiday Traffic Fatality Estimate Detail
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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.
[i] According to NSC analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2013
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