Safe Driving During the Holidays Starts with You

Drunk driving is one of the deadliest and most frequent crimes committed in the U.S. Don’t drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.

Wear seat belts every time when traveling in a vehicle. Research has found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.

Child safety seats have been found to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. If you’re traveling with children, remember the best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the correct child-safety seat for their size and age. All children ages 13 and younger should ride in the back seat.

Distracted driving can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving, including cell-phone use, texting, eating, drinking, and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices. Avoid distraction and keep your attention on the road.

-Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration