National Safety Council estimates 488 people will die and 25,400
people may suffer non-fatal injuries in motor vehicle crashes during
the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Day weekend is historically bad for crashes. Over the last six years,
there were 9.7 percent more deaths in crashes during Labor Day weekends
than during the weekends immediately before and after Labor Day.
year's estimate covers the 3 ¼-day Labor Day weekend from 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.
two principal concerns for the motoring public are seat belts and
drunk driving," Alan McMillan, president of the National Safety
Council, said. "As a society, we are making noteworthy strides
in wearing seat belts, with nearly 75 percent of all Americans now
wearing seat belts.
more than 19,000 people who were not wearing seat belts died last
year in motor vehicle crashes. About one-half of those people would
have survived their crash had they been wearing seat belts."
said that after several years of improvement in the 1990s in reducing
drunken driving fatalities, the United States has seen three straight
years of increases in drunken driving fatalities, with nearly 18,000
fatalities in crashes involving drunken drivers last year. Nearly
40 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes involve alcohol.