Many People May Die in Preventable Car Crashes Over The Thanksgiving Holiday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This year, the National Safety Council estimates 507 people will perish in a preventable traffic crash over the Thanksgiving holiday period. During this time, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 22 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 26, impaired driving is of particular concern. Over the holiday period in 2020, 36% of fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
“It’s alcohol, but also drugs, fatigue, and a combination thereof that can all cause impairment,” said Mark Chung, executive vice president of roadway practice at the National Safety Council. “While a special emphasis is on a celebration such as Thanksgiving this time of year, it’s crucial to make safe choices before you hit the road every time. Choose to drive awake and sober or arrange an alternative mode of transportation; lives depend on it.”
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