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The National Safety Council estimates that 405 traffic fatalities and another 40,500 medically consulted injuries will occur nationwide over Labor Day weekend this year, so take care when traveling and keep these safety tips in mind:
• Remember to wear your seat belt! Approximately a quarter of those fatal accidents could have been non-fatal if wearing a seat belt. Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in safety seats appropriate for their size.
• If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver or plan ahead for alternative transportation, such as a taxi. Alcoholic-related accidents are particularly high among younger drivers during the holiday.
• Establish and enforce a driver’s distraction-free zone, especially in cars equipped with electronic devices including cell phones, video games, TV screens, and GPS.
• Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed to make up time.
• Drive defensively and exercise caution. Be alert to other drivers and conditions, especially during inclement weather.
For more information, visit nsc.org.