Public Safety Awareness

Reminder: Buckle Up for Safety This Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is a favorite among many Americans because of the wholesome simplicity in taking the time to be thankful for all that we have and sharing a comforting meal with the people that we love. Being able to partake in such a lovely affair, however, requires quite a bit of traveling for most of us. A staggering number of the American population travel either short or long distances to be with their family and friends and, according to the US Department of Transportation, 91% of those people travel by personal vehicle. By this calculation it is safe to say that though seatbelts should be worn at all times when driving, it is incredibly important during this time or year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts and annual survey, called NOPUS (for National Occupant Protection Use Survey), of US state seatbelt usage which has revealed that as the national percentage rate of drivers and passengers who wear their seatbelts has gone up over the years, so too has the fatality rate for unrestrained vehicle passengers gone down. If this isn’t proof that seatbelts can most definitely save lives, than we don’t know what is. The survey also shows that the nationwide percentage of seatbelt usage for 2013 was 87% which uncovers a steady increase over the last 7 years. Those are some numbers worth getting excited about!

Although more and more Americans are deciding to Buckle Up For Safety every year, we are still left with a disappointing 13% of drivers or passengers who have not. During holiday travel, this percentage can be an alarming reminder of how important it is for all of us to drive safely, not just for our own sakes, but for the sake of everyone else on the road with us.

This Thanksgiving we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for choosing to buckle up every time we get into a motor vehicle but also remember the 13% of fellow citizens that still do not. Thusly, Foremost Promotions would like to propose that we all make a quiet promise to ourselves that we will drive carefully and do what we can to ensure that we all make it home safely, securely and in time to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner with the people that we are so thankful to have in our lives.

Happy Safe Thanksgiving from Foremost Promotions!

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