NHTSA Advises Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
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November 16, 2018 | Washington, DC
With tens of millions of Americans expected to spend some portion of the Thanksgiving holiday on the road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds motorists to plan ahead to make sure everyone makes it to the table safely.
NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King released a video message urging holiday travelers to drive at a safe speed, avoid texting and driving, wear seat belts properly, ensure children are buckled in the right seats for their ages and sizes, and to drive sober.
According to NHTSA, the Thanksgiving holiday, traditionally the start of the busy holiday travel season, sees an increase in crashes and fatalities. In 2017, there were 528 people killed in crashes across the country during the holiday weekend (6 p.m. November 22nd – 5:59 a.m. November 27th); about half of the passenger vehicle occupants who died weren’t wearing seat belts.
To help everyone stay safe on U.S. roads this holiday, NHTSA is reminding the public to take the following precautions: