There's good news and bad news this week. The good news is that the three-day Memorial Day weekend is here. The bad news is that this holiday is one of the highest risk times for traffic accidents. The National Safety Council estimates 366 people will die in traffic crashes during the upcoming holiday, while another 19,400 will suffer non-fatal disabling injuries.
"While the Memorial Day holiday signals the beginning of the laid-back summer season for many, it's also a dangerous time on roadways, with more deadly traffic accidents occurring than over New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July," according to the safety council of Louisiana. "It's important for drivers to be aware of the risk and to pay extra attention to safety over this weekend."
Here are some things to think about this weekend.
Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers buckle up as well.
Never drink and drive. Alcohol is the single largest factor involved in motor vehicle deaths.
Have a responsible designated driver when you head out for holiday activities.
Be aware of and avoid drunk drivers. Some signs include:
- Drivers who turn with a wide radius.
- Drivers at speeds 10 miles below the speed limit or speeding excessively.
- Drivers who are following too closely.
- Drivers who have a slow response to traffic signals.
Establish and enforce a driver's ‘distraction-free zone' especially in cars equipped with electronic devices including cell phones, video games and global positioning systems.
Drive defensively and exercise caution especially during inclement weather.
Don't allow the holiday rush to affect your driving. A few extra minutes saved by reckless driving aren't worth the injuries you may cause to yourself and others.
Boating and water sports are also popular activities at this time of year. "Remember that traffic safety awareness applies to the waterways as well as the roadways. Louisiana ranks third among the top ten states for boating fatalities." She offers the following boating safety reminders:
- Wear your life jacket and make sure everyone on the boat wears one.
- Stay sober in your boat.
- Be aware of other boats, swimmers and other people in and on the water
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE JULY 4TH WEEKEND.....