With the holiday season fast approaching many people are making plans to travel to spend time with family and friends across the country. Many will brave the airports to make the trip, but those planning to travel less than 100 miles will choose to drive the roadways.
The time between Thanksgiving and New Years can be some of the deadliest on America’s roads. Law enforcement will beef up patrols and enforcement actions from now until the first of the year to try to prevent unnecessary tragedies. Florida’s Click or Ticket and sobriety check points are some ways they will use to attempt to cut down on accidents.
In 2012 there were an estimated 9,754,000 vehicles involved in police-reported traffic crashes, 96 percent (9,387,000) of which were passenger vehicles (passenger vehicles include passenger cars and light trucks (pickup trucks, vans, SUVs, and other light trucks) weighing 10,000 GVWR or less). There were 45,586 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, of which 78 percent (35,346) were passenger vehicles. In 2012, there were 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants who lost their lives in traffic crashes, and an estimated 2.09 million were injured. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Each year families will lose loved ones in preventable accidents. DUI, reckless driving and fatigued driving are all preventable causes of deaths on America’s highways. With Thanksgiving next week, keep in mind the dangers that await you on the roads as you travel to visit your family and friends. Don’t allow your family trip to become just another statistic.