Analysis Shows 415 People May Die on U.S. Roads May 28-31, 2021
Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous driving weekends of the year.
Itasca, IL – One of the most dangerous driving weekends of the year is approaching. The National Safety Council estimates 415 people may die on the roads during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Following a year with increased motor vehicle fatality rates across the country, NSC urges all Americans to plan ahead and practice defensive driving over the long weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31.
“Many people choose to travel by car, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per miles traveled,” said Mark Chung, vice president, roadway practice at NSC. “As family and friends gather for the holiday, we not only call on everyone to spend time together safely during the ongoing pandemic, we also ask you to do your part to ensure you and your loved ones get to your destinations safely.”
Following are five tips for travel to destinations near and far:
Review supplemental information about the Memorial Day holiday fatality estimates and additional motor vehicle data and research at injuryfacts.nsc.org.