An estimated 297 people will die in car accidents this New Year’s weekend according to the National Safety Council. In addition, medically consulted injuries from car accidents are estimated at 29,700 (a medically consulted injury is an injury serious enough that a medical professional was consulted). So, it is very important that everyone drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
The National Safety Council’s 2012 New Year’s Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, making it a 3.25-day holiday period. In 2009 (the last reported data), there were 458 car accident fatalities during its 4.25-day holiday period.
One way to reduce car accident fatalities is by using your seat belt. Studies have shown that safety belts are 45% effective in preventing fatalities. It is estimated that 106 person’s lives may be saved this New Year’s Day holiday period because they will wear their safety belts and an additional 76 lives could be saved if all wore safety belts.
So, ring in the New Year with friends and family, but please do it safely.
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