According to the National Safety Council (NSC), statistics show that more people are losing their lives for every mile driven.
While the total number of deaths has fallen year over year in the first five months of 2020, the death rate skyrocketed. The rate of death on the roads was 23% higher in May 2020 compared to the same month last year.
The NSC has indicated that Americans are expected to travel even though the COVID-19 infections remain high.
Speeding and aggressive driving have contributed to spikes in the motor vehicle fatality rate during the pandemic.
According to the NSC, unnecessary lane changes and excess speeding are major factors contributing to accidents, resulting in one-third of road accidents.
The NSC estimates that the Labor Day weekend could see up to 400 road deaths and 45,000 injuries this Labor Day Weekend as a result of impaired driving.
The Council also said that the estimate was consistent with their predictions from the last few years for the three-day Labor Day holiday, which is from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 this year.
Alcohol is often a major factor in fatal crashes during holiday weekends, including Labor Day. In 2018, 38 percent of fatal crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver or motorcycle rider.
The NSC has provided tips to ensure your safety while on the road. They include:
- Practice safe defensive driving. Buckle up, designate a sober driver, or arrange alternative transportation. Get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue and drive attentively, avoiding distractions;
- Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from cannabis and opioids;
- Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits;
- Learn more about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them; and
- Fix recalls immediately.