With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people will soon flock to the roads to visit and celebrate with family and friends. Fulton County Safe Communities reminds all travelers, whether they are heading across the country or just across town, to ensure a safe arrival and a happy holiday by buckling up – Every, Trip Every Time.
“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash increases when the number of cars on the road increases, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Fulton County Sheriff, Roy Miller. “So we want to remind everyone that your seat belts can save your life – and those you are traveling with.”
Law enforcement has also noted a significant increase in drinking, particularly among underage youth around the holidays, specifically the Wednesday evening prior to Thanksgiving. Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) will support our local law enforcement, including Archbold Police Department, Wauseon Police Department, Delta Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriffs Department, efforts to address this issue through the addition of multi agency task force party patrols throughout the holiday season.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, approximately 12,174 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved.
In 2012, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. It’s a sad statistic, but even sadder is that many of those deaths could have been prevented with one simple click of a seat belt.
Younger drivers are the most likely to be unbuckled in a fatal crash. In 2012, among passenger vehicle occupant fatalities where restraint use was known, the age group 21 to 24 had the highest percentage of occupants killed who were unrestrained: 2,254 fatalities where restraint use was known, of which 63 percent were not wearing seat belts. The second highest percentage of seat belt nonuse among passenger vehicle occupants killed was the 25- to 34-year-olds, at 61-percent unrestrained.
“All too often, we see crash victims who were caught up in the excitement of the Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t arrive safely at their destination,” said Sheriff Miller. “We want to remind everyone who will be on the roads to please buckle up – Every Trip, Every Time – so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones.”
For more information about Fulton County Safe Communities contact Rachel Kinsman at 419-337-0915 or about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov