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National Safety Council Warns of Deadly Fourth of July Holiday

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 02, 2015

National Safety Council Warns of Deadly Fourth of July Holiday

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Traveling by car during the Fourth of July holiday weekend is something many people will do, but The National Safety Council (NSC) is warning Americans that this weekend could the deadliest since 2008.

According to a report from the NSC, the holiday weekend — which runs from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 5 — will see an estimated 409 deaths and 49,500 injuries requiring medical attention, the highest number for a three-day break since 2008.

NSC president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman released a statement, saying, “Drivers always need to be vigilant, but this weekend, focus on the safety of your family. A few precautions can help ensure a memorable weekend. Spending the holiday with family is preferable to spending time in the ER.”

In order to help people traveling during the Independence Day holiday weekend, the NSC has some helpful advice that all people should heed. First and foremost, buckle your safety belts. The report claims that 155 lives will be saved due to wearing seat belts this weekend, and another 99 lives could be saved if everyone buckled up.

Another tip is to reduce your speed. With so many cars on the road, taking the time to get to your destination safe is more important than getting there fast. Another simple tip is to put the phone down. Whether its texting or talking, leave the cell phone on silent and do not use it while you are behind the wheel.

In addition to making sure all children are put in the correct seats, the most obvious advice is to not drink and drive. There will be many parties over the weekend, but there is never an excuse to get in the driver’s seat of a car while under the influence of alcohol.

Overall, use common sense this weekend to avoid trouble on the roads. The Fourth of July holiday weekend should be a time of celebration and fun, and travelers must be vigilant to make sure they get to their destinations safely.

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