The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that during the Labor Day holiday, approximately 354 involved in motor vehicle crashes will be saved because they wore their seat belts.
The amount of traffic on the nation''s highways will increase significantly over the weekend.
NSC President Jerry Scannell said, "You should start any trip , whatever the distance, by buckling up everyone in your car, and remember that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths to children and young adults. Make sure children are properly restrained in the back seat."
In addition to wearing a safety belt, NSC urged motorists:
Don''t drink and drive. Nearly 40 percent of all traffic fatalities involve an intoxicated or alcohol-impaired driver and non-motorist.
Allow enough travel time for frequent breaks on longer trips. Drowsy drivers are an increasing problem. Remember, drowsiness can reduce reaction time as much as drinking.
This year''s Labor Day holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.
by Virginia Sutcliffe