Labor Day Weekend Estimated to have 400 Traffic Related Deaths

August 31st, 2011
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During this Labor Day weekend, which starts on Friday September 2nd at 6 p.m. and ends on Monday, September 5th at 11:59 p.m. the National Safety Council’s Statistics Department has estimated that around 400 people will die in traffic accidents.

According to the NSC’s chart for deaths on this weekend over recent years has fluctuated between the mid 300s up to the low 500s, the department’s prediction has a 90 percent confidence in traffic deaths for the holiday weekend.

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest and deadliest times on U.S. roadways. For the past six years, the Labor Day weekend has averaged 14.6 percent more traffic fatalities than similar non-holiday periods. Below are the fatalities on this holiday for the last 6 years.

2004: 480

2005: 500

2006: 487

2007: 508

2008: 473

2009: 351

According to the council, it is estimated that “142 people may survive the holiday weekend because they will have worn safety belts, while another 102 lives would have been saved if all had worn safety belts.”

The National Impaired Driving Crackdown began on August 19th continues until September 5th to reduce drunk-driving accidents and related fatalities.

Below are some survival tips for driving on the road during the holiday weekend

  • Do NOT drink and drive.
  • Have a designated driver or taxi service pick you up.
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone in the car does too.
  • Allow for plenty of travel time.
  • Make sure your driver is not being distracted.
  • Exercise caution while driving.
  • Be cautious of weather changes.

This Labor Day weekend, be part of the prevention by drinking responsibly and taking the necessary precautions to prevent traffic accidents.

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