NSC urges travelers to drive safely during Labor Day weekend

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Itasca, IL — Estimating that 390 people could be killed and more than 44,000 seriously injured in motor vehicle-related crashes during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the National Safety Council is urging people to drive defensively and designate a sober driver.

The holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 7. “Travel during holiday weekends always is risky, and this year our roads haven’t been safe even when traffic has been light,” NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin said in an Aug. 25 press release. “We hope drivers take these figures as a reminder to slow down, pay attention and drive like their lives depend on it, because they do.”

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