This weekend is a time to honor those who have given their lives serving our country. We want to thank all veterans, past and present, who sacrifice so much for us all. While many people enjoy a long weekend with friends and family, it is important to stay safe.
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer for many people and is a holiday when many people are on the road. Traffic accidents are usually at a higher rate during this holiday and often lead to fatalities. The National Safety Council projects 380 fatalities during this year's holiday period.
EHS Today offers these tips for staying safe over the holiday:
- Practice defensive driving - Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.
- Drive sober - Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from opioids.
- Stay involved with your teens - Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits. Visit DriveitHOME.org for resources.
- Know your vehicle's safety features - Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them; visit MyCarDoesWhat.org for information.
- Fix open recalls before traveling - Make sure the car you are driving is safe and fix recalls immediately; visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall.
- Contact your lawmakers about traffic safety laws - Ask lawmakers and state leaders to protect travelers on state roadways; read the State of Safety report to find out which states have the strongest and weakest traffic safety laws.
- Get involved in the Road to Zero - Join the Road to Zero coalition to get involved in addressing motor vehicle fatalities; visit nsc.org/roadtozero to get involved.
Again, thank you to our country's veterans. Stay alert. Stay safe.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!