Traffic Safety Coalition Encourages Safe and Responsible Driving This Thanksgiving Weekend
Coalition creates holiday pledge to remind drivers of traffic safety
CHICAGO – Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season but also marks the beginning of a busy and deadly time on U.S. roadways. This year AAA estimates more than 43.4 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Of those, 38.9 million will be traveling by car.
As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend approaches, the Traffic Safety Coalition and its partners are encouraging drivers across the country to travel safely and responsibly. http://www.trafficsafetycoalition.com/content/holiday_pledge/
To keep our roads safe for those traveling this weekend, the Traffic Safety Coalition is encouraging drivers to take its holiday pledge to commit to safe driving behavior this season. The pledge reads:
During this holiday season and every day throughout the year,
- I pledge to buckle up when driving and as a passenger.
- I pledge to obey traffic signals and always stop on red.
- I pledge to obey the speed limit.
- I pledge to never text and drive.
- I pledge to never drink and drive.
“We are encouraging everyone using our roadways this holiday season to practice safe and responsible driving. Especially during busy travel weekends, it is crucial to always stop on red, obey the speed limit and drive sober,” said Traffic Safety Coalition Co-Chair Paul Oberhauser, whose daughter Sarah was tragically killed in 2002 when a driver ran a red light and crashed into her car.
Thanksgiving Weekend by the Numbers
During the Thanksgiving weekend and beyond, drivers should remember the importance of observing fundamental traffic safety laws. Statistics demonstrate the serious consequences of ignoring these laws:
- Red-light running kills more than 600 people and injures another 100,000 each year (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
- Speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes and 9,994 people were killed in speeding-related crashes in 2011 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- More than 170 people were killed over Thanksgiving weekend in drunk driving crashes in 2010 (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
- More than 150 people will survive Thanksgiving weekend traffic accidents because they wore seat belts, while more than 112 people would have lived if they had done the same (National Safety Council)
The TSC works with more than 700 partners nationwide, including local chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Safe Kids USA and other local community organizations across the country.
If you are interested in learning more about the TSC or participating in its efforts, visit www.TrafficSafetyCoalition.com.
About the Traffic Safety Coalition:
The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim’s advocates, health care professionals and industry leaders who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe.
The Traffic Safety Coalition received the 2011 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for outstanding achievements in highway safety.
For more information about traffic safety issues, visit www.trafficsafetycoalition.com or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trafficsafetycoalition and Twitter: www.twitter.com/TrafficSafetyCn