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Itasca, IL – The upcoming Christmas holiday period may cost 314 people their lives on the roadways, according to National Safety Council estimates. Another 364 fatalities are expected during the three-day New Year's holiday period. The Council also estimates 37,200 may be seriously injured[i] on the roads during the Christmas holiday, and another 41,900 during the New Year's holiday.
"Safety is the greatest gift you can give, not only to your family but to those who share the roads with you," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Paying attention, slowing down and driving sober can ensure you and your fellow travelers make it home for the holidays."
The two holiday periods fall at the end of a particularly deadly year on the roads. Preliminary NSC estimates indicate traffic deaths are up significantly through the first 10 months of 2016 compared with the same time period in 2015.
Tips to ensure a safer holiday season include:
Supplemental traffic fatality estimates information for the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods can be found here.
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[i] According to NSC analysis. "Serious injuries" are classified as those requiring medical attention. [ii] According to Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
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