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Officials Fighting Risks of Car Accidents in Latana and Elsewhere over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and so are increased risks for a serious car accident in Lantana and elsewhere.

For that reason, officers throughout the country will be enforcing their “Click It or Ticket (CIOT)” campaign. During this time, officers nationwide will be on the hunt for drivers who aren’t wearing a seat belt and for those who aren’t practicing safe and responsible driving habits, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This nationwide campaign will be taking place from the 21st of March through the 3rd of June.

According to recent studies, men ages 18- to 34-years-old are those who are least likely to wear their seat belts. They also make up the group of drivers who are most likely to engage in dangerous driving habits.

Our Latana car accident attorneys understand that Memorial Day is a busy holiday weekend on our roadways. Families and visitors from around the country will be making their way to the Sunshine State to enjoy a long weekend and an extra day off of work. During this time, we see a significant increase in the number of car accidents on our roadways. During this time, drivers are asked to be extra cautious behind the wheel to help to avoid a potentially fatal accident.

Every year, law enforcement agencies across the country use the annual Memorial Day Weekend holiday period to join forces, during both evening and daytime hours, to nab irresponsible drivers. During this time, the mobilization is supported by both local and national paid advertising and earned media campaigns that are used to raising awareness before the blitz.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the Memorial Day holiday weekend is defined as the time from 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 25th through 11:59 p.m. on May 28th. During this time, officials with the NSC predict that roughly 420 traffic accident-related fatalities. Also during this time, officials also predict that more than 40,000 will be injured on our roadways. Memorial Day is typically known as the traditional summer kick-off.

The NSC is making some uplifting estimates, too. Officials also predict that nearly 150 people may survive car accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend because of seat belt usage. In addition, another 110 people could be saved if all motorists were to wear their seat belt.

Over the last 6 years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend saw an increase of more than 11 percent in the number of fatal car accidents than similar non-holiday period.

Drivers are urged to be safe out there, to buckle up, to be courteous on our roadways and to practice safe and responsible driving habits to increase roadway safety for all.

If you, a close friend or a family member has been in an accident in Latana, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Miami or elsewhere in the South Florida area, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard can help you understand your rights and are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call today to set up a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-561-7777.

More Blog Entries:

Child Injuries in Margate and Elsewhere: Focus of New NHTSA Campaign, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, April 24, 2012

Women Less Protected in Car Accidents in Vero Beach and Elsewhere, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, April 5, 2012

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