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Itasca, IL, Nov. 17, 2014 – The National Safety Council estimates 418* traffic fatalities and another 44,700 injuries requiring medical attention may occur from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is estimated that 153 lives will be saved Thanksgiving weekend because of people wearing their safety belts.
Evaluation of Recent Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period Estimates
"A hallmark of Thanksgiving is traveling to be with family and friends, but whether it involves a short drive or a long road trip, the same risks apply," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "Sensible precautions can make the difference between a safe visit home or an unwelcome trip to the emergency room."
NSC recommends the following tips to stay safe on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend:
The Thanksgiving holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 30. Find more seasonal safety tips at nsc.org.
*Supplemental Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Fatality Estimate Detail
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