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700 Road deaths predicted for 2016 holiday season

The National Safety Council is predicting 700 road deaths over the 2016 holiday season.

The week of Christmas was expected to take 314 lives and New Year's weekend alone will claim another 364, NSC says. That weekend is also expected to have 41,900 injuries on the road, compared to the Christmas-time accident prediction of 37,200 injuries.

"Safety is the greatest gift you can give, not only to your family but to those who share the roads with you," NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman said. "Paying attention, slowing down and driving sober can ensure you and your fellow travelers make it home for the holidays."

According to the NSC, 2016 has been a very deadly year with road incidents, so these weekends may be extra dangerous for road travelers.

Here are some safety tips from the NSC for the upcoming holiday weekend:

• Wear a seat belt on every trip. About 160 lives will be lost over the holidays because people are not buckled up.*
• Make sure children are restrained in safety seats that are appropriate for their height, age and weight.*
• Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation. Impairment begins with the first drink.*
• Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.*
• Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.*
• Do not allow teens to drive with their friends. A single young passenger can increase a teen driver's fatal crash risk 44 percent.*
• Learn about your vehicle's safety systems and how to use them.*
*Directly from the NSC.

Always be safe, and remember that you also affect the safety of others. Happy holidays!


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Saturday, 23 February 2019