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Itasca, IL, Dec. 15, 2014 – The National Safety Council released its traffic fatality estimates for the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holiday periods. NSC estimates 366* deaths and another 39,200 injuries requiring medical attention may occur because of car crashes during the Christmas Day holiday period. An estimated 421^ deaths and 45,000 injuries requiring medical attention may occur during the New Year’s Day holiday period. Seat belts could save an estimated 134 lives during the Christmas Day holiday period and 154 lives during the New Year’s Day holiday period.
Evaluation of Recent New Year’s Day Holiday Period Estimates
"The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "Sadly, we could be facing two especially deadly holiday periods, since each will include a long four-day weekend. Families should take extra precaution on our highways to avoid unnecessary tragedies."
NSC recommends the following tips to stay safe:
The Christmas Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. The New Year’s Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Find more seasonal safety tips at nsc.org.
*Supplemental Christmas Day Holiday Traffic Fatality Estimate Detail^Supplemental New Year’s Day Holiday Traffic Fatality Estimate Detail
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