The phrase above sounds funny but the message from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is certainly a serious topic during the upcoming holiday travel season.
The Overland Park Police Department will be conducting a Thanksgiving Mobilization S.T.E.P. Campaign from November 25th through December 1st. This task is being conducted with the goal to focus on DUI violations, reduce alcohol related auto accidents, and discourage impaired driving. Officers will also be focusing on seat belt violations, texting while driving, and distracted driving.
According to the MADD website, drunk driving deaths have increased for the first time in six years. And not just by a little by almost five percent. Data just released shows that 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012 – one every 51 minutes. This means that as we approach the holidays, thousands of brokenhearted families, friends and loved ones are facing empty chairs at the dinner table.
The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash increases when the number of cars on the roadway increases, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. So we want to remind everyone that your seat belts can save your life – and those you are traveling with.
This Thanksgiving, the Overland Park Police Department, highway safety advocates, and law enforcement officers across the country are spreading the message and reminding travelers to always wear their seat belts anytime they're riding in a motor vehicle.
According to NHTSA, seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. In fact, research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
Since such a simple step can be the difference between life and death, one would think everyone would always wear their seat belts while in a car. Yet that is not the case. Too many people still don’t use these lifesavers, and unfortunately, deaths which could have been prevented keep occurring every day.
Remember: Buckle Up America - Every Trip, Every Time. You’ll be thankful you did.