In just one week, Thanksgiving will be here. And for many, that means traveling to visit loved ones. Unfortunately, this can also be one of the deadliest times of the year to travel on North Carolina’s highways.
So, why are North Carolina auto accident rates so high around Thanksgiving? Most experts agree it’s a combination of increased traffic volume and drivers engaging in risky behaviors—such as drinking and driving. In fact, 11 North Carolina motorists lost their lives during the holiday season last year as a result of accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.
To help reduce the number of North Carolina drunk driving accidents that occur around Thanksgiving, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has partnered with the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving to promote the “Tie One On for Safety” campaign.
Time Warner Cable News- Charlotte reports that troopers will not only target drunk drivers this coming holiday weekend, they will also show their support for the cause by tying a red ribbon to their vehicles as a reminder to not drink and drive.
The North Carolina personal injury lawyers with HensonFuerst would like to remind those traveling that there are other ways you can stay safe on the road this Thanksgiving, including:
- Buckling Up– Wearing a seat belt can reduce your chance of death by as much as 60 percent if you’re involved in an accident.
- Preparing for Traffic– To avoid long, grinding waits, leave early for your destination. It may also be wise to check traffic conditions and consider alternative routes if there are backups. Most importantly though, be patient and give other vehicles extra space if you find yourself at a standstill on the highway.
- Preparing Your Vehicle– Faulty equipment on a car, truck, or motorcycle can cause a malfunction that results in a crash. So have your vehicle inspected and maintained prior to your travels.
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!