Thanksgiving Traffic–Decrease Holiday Fatalities
Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Zane Cagle
Missouri Car Crash Fatalities
Over the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there were 15 car crash fatalities. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend count begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
Of the 319 crashes investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol over the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday, there were 109 injuries reported. Nine of the fatalities occurred in the Springfield, Missouri area, one fatality in the Weldon Spring area, one in the Lee’s Summit area, on in Poplar bluff and one in the Rolla area.
Safe Driving Tips for Holiday Travel
As gas prices have fallen, even more Missouri and Illinois drivers will be taking to the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises the following precautions:
Buckle Up, Drive Sober and Pay Attention
Yeah, I know, we say this all the time, however, it is even more important over holiday busy traffic. Be sure children are buckled up in age-appropriate restraints.
Never drive drunk or distracted. In every state, it is against the law to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Obey the law, put your phone down and stay focused and alert.
Check Your Vehicles and Tires
Inspect your tires to avoid a blowout and ensure proper grip in various kinds of inclement weather. Don’t forget to check your spare tire.
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order.
Check to see if your car or any of it’s parts have been recalled. NHTSA offers a free online search tool. Have your vehicle checked for leaks, badly worn hoses or other needed repairs.
Plan your route and check the weather, road conditions and traffic. Be sure you allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Carry items in your vehicle in case of an emergency or in case you are stranded such as flashlight, mobile phone/charger, water, food and any necessary medicine
If you become stranded, get away from your vehicle if it is stranded on a busy highway or interstate. Call 911 immediately if your car breaks down on a busy highway or interstate as a car on the shoulder is a safety hazard. All too often, we see victims of roadside crashes where someone is hit and killed because they had to pull over due to car trouble.
Be Safe, Be Patient
Allow plenty of time and plan ahead for your travel and celebrations. Holidays usually result in more alcohol intake, so be sure that you have a designated driver. Fewer things mess with holiday cheer more than an injury, DWI or worse, a fatality. Be patient on the roadways. Road construction and heavy traffic require that you be patient and extra safe.
When you arrive safely at your destination, then you can worry about all of the other things that go wrong during holidays with the family such as that political debate you will inevitably have with that one special relative!
If you are in a motor vehicle crash and are injured, call an attorney right away after seeking medical treatment.
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