NSC: More Than 400 People May be Killed on U.S. Roads this Labor Day Holiday

NSC: More Than 400 People May be Killed on U.S. Roads this Labor Day Holiday

Defensive driving can make all the difference; the goal is always zero.

​Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council estimates 421 people may be killed and another 48,400 may be injured seriously enough to require medical attention in car crashes during the upcoming Labor Day holiday period. The estimate is the highest the Council has issued for the three-day Labor Day holiday period since 2008, and is 11% higher than the average number of deaths – 378 – for that weekend, according to NSC analysis. 

The Labor Day holiday begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4.

"Many families will use Labor Day weekend to make their final summer memories before kids return to school," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "We want that last hurrah to be fun, not fatal. When you are on the roads, be alert and drive defensively – making smart decisions could be the difference between a relaxing long weekend and one spent in the emergency room."

Preventable deaths have reached an all-time high, according to the NSC State of Safety report. These deaths, many of which occur on our roads, have prompted the Council to call for state actions proven to reduce residents' risks.

States receiving an "A" for road safety have strong laws – including texting bans, primary seat belt laws and sobriety checkpoints – in place to help protect drivers passing through. The seven states that received an "A" are Illinois, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maine, West Virginia and Maryland. Nine states – Nevada, Florida, Mississippi, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Missouri, South Dakota and Montana – received an "F".

Tips for safer Labor Day travel include:

Supplemental traffic fatality estimates information can be found here.


About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

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