In the past ten years, the decrease in traffic accident deaths can be attributed to the increase of seatbelt usage, reduction of impaired driving, improvement of airbags, and implementation of electronic stability control. However, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 35,092 people involved in traffic crashes and a 7.2% increase in deaths from last year [A]. Labor Day will bring more cars to the roads and potentially more traffic accidents. The NHTSA plans to implement a call to action to determine the factors that influenced the increase in fatalities.
Stay safe this Labor Day:
- Always wear a seatbelt:
Seatbelts are proven to diminish serious crash-related injuries by about half [B]. Although there has been a great movement to increase the usage of seatbelts, many people choose to not wear a seatbelt on every trip. Make sure everyone in the car buckles up!
- Drive sober:
In the United States, around one in three traffic deaths involve a driver under the influence of alcohol [C]. If your blood alcohol concentration is of 0.08% or higher, you are considered to be a drunk driver by law.
- Drive awake:
Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of serious injury accidents. Prevent drowsy driving by developing good sleeping habits (at least 7 hours a night), getting treatment for sleeping disorders, and avoiding medications or alcohol that may make you drowsy.
- Keep your eyes on the road:
Many activities can contribute to distracted driving, such as texting, eating, or talking on the phone. According to the Center of Disease Control, the average text takes enough time to cover an entire football field (going 55 mph) [D].
Remember – Stay awake, alert, sober, and always wear a seatbelt. Happy Labor Day!
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