The holidays are a busy time for everyone, full of family gatherings, parties, running errands and travel. All the commotion can leave roads congested and drivers tired and distracted – two significant contributors to traffic collisions, especially during this time of year.
Another major influencer of vehicle collisions is red-light running. According to NCSR’s Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running, there were 31,790 reported red-light violations during the Thanksgiving holiday period last year and 31,367 violations surrounding Christmas, putting intersections across the U.S. at higher risk for vehicle collisions.
A recent report from the National Safety Council estimated that there could be as many as 436 fatalities due to car wrecks and another 46,600 people may be injured in accidents on the road over Thanksgiving weekend.
To promote traffic safety and reduce the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities that result from them over the holidays, cities around the United States are launching traffic safety campaigns.
A police department in South Carolina, for example, released a list of driving safety tips, including: don’t tailgate, always use a turn signal, be ready to stop and limit distractions.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol expressed similar concerns about driving safety this holiday season and partnered with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and local law enforcement to enhance traffic safety and ensure that all vehicle passengers wear seatbelts while on the road.
In Missouri, the Missouri Highway Patrol sent a message to the public to practice safe driving this Thanksgiving, encouraging people to refrain from text messaging while driving and to not drink and drive. According to an article in The Daily Star-Journal, 11 people were killed and another 455 were injured in 1,195 traffic crashes.
With more people on the road going to and from gatherings and celebrations this holiday season, the message from one city to another is clear: Be careful, buckle up and pay attention while driving.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.