Tunica, Miss. —
This Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office are reminding motorist:
Buckle up! Every Trip! Every Time!
Because the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest seasons for America’s roads, more drivers will be on the roads than usual, increasing the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash.
During this kickoff to the holiday season, it is more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety.
During the 2018 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26), 291 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide.
Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 54-percent of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night.
These deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America and may have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.
“Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating gratitude with loved ones, and we want to make sure our community members arrive at their Thanksgiving destinations as safely as possible,” said Sheriff K.C. Hamp, Sr., Tunica County Sheriff’s Office. “Whether you are driving 10 minutes to the Thanksgiving dinner table, or 10 hours, it’s critical that drivers and passengers Buckle
Up — Every Trip. Every Time.
"We want everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, so please, make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled before you ever turn on the car — and that includes children being in the correct car seats, too,” Hamp added.
For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/seat-belts/buckle/thanksgiving-weekend.
To report holiday traffic hazzards or impaired driver call 911 immediately.