The 4th of July weekend could be deadly in the US–and not from terrorism attacks. This could be the highest death toll on the nation’s highways in seven years. The National Safety Council predicts more than 400 people will die and almost 50,000 will be injured in traffic collisions from 6pm, July 2 through 11:59pm, July 5 for the deadliest 4th of July since 2008. Most surprising is almost one-fourth of the deaths are caused by driver’s not taking one low-tech safety step. RELATED: See Lane Splitting End in Horrific Crash
The NSC says 99 lives could be saved if everybody wore seatbelts. Deaths from preventable incidents (like not wearing your seatbelt) are 11 percent higher in July than the national average, making it the deadliest month of the year for unintentional injuries, according to analysis by the council. This increase is driven by upticks in fatal car crashes, drownings and extreme temperatures, among other events.
Along those same lines, avoid speeding, using cell phones and driving under the influence, the NSC says. Crashes involving speeding and alcohol are highest in the summer, and cell phone use increases crash risk fourfold, even when using a hands-free device.
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It’s nothing new from the National Safety Council. It just comes down to common sense. Wear your seatbelt. Hang up your phone and, most importantly, leave the driving to someone else if you’ve been drinking.
Have a safe 4th of July weekend.
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