Drive Safely and Remember “Move Over” Laws this Holiday Season, NHTSA Warns
December 31, 2014
With tonight ending the holiday season and 2014, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are warning all motorists to stay focused on protecting themselves and their families on the roads as return home from their travels. The following are specifically what the NHTSA is recommending for staying safe while driving for what’s left of this year (and this holiday and winter season):
Abide by Move Over laws – These laws require motorists to change lanes to give public safety officials on the side of the road sufficient room to work. The NHTSA is reminding drivers to be aware of these laws so they don’t end up hitting anyone on the roadside.
- Do not drive drunk – About every 52 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident. Additionally, drunk driving contributes to more than 1/3 of all traffic accident deaths that occur each year in the U.S. So, as you travel for what’s left of this holiday and winter season, the NHTSA wants you to make sure you only drive when you are sober.
- Avoid distractions – While about 10 percent of all deadly traffic accidents that took place in the U.S. in 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) involved distracted driving, approximately 18 percent of all non-fatal motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries involved distracted driving. So, do your best to stay focused behind the wheel to keep you and your family safe, warns the NHTSA.
- Buckle up – Wearing your seatbelt can reduce your risk of sustaining a fatal injury in a car accident by up to 45 percent (according to the NHTSA). Additionally, wearing your seatbelt can reduce the risk of suffering a moderate to severe injury by about 50 percent. So, be an example for your kids, and always buckle up when you get in a car – to drive or to ride, warns the NHTSA.
- Don’t forget about the kids – Using the right restraining system for children in vehicles can reduce their risk of fatal injuries (in the event of a traffic accident) by more than 70 percent for infants (1 and younger) and by 54 percent (for children between the ages of 1 and 4). So, protect your children by using the appropriate vehicle restraints when you travel with your kids, warns the NHTSA.
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