This Holiday Season, Don’t Become Virginia’s Next Traffic Fatality | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

This holiday season will bring an increase in highway travel as metro area residents commute to family gatherings and embark on shopping trips.  Unfortunately, that increased traffic is also projected to bring a corresponding increase in traffic accidents and fatalities.  More than 900 people currently die on Virginia’s highways each year — an average of three per day.  In response, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have created and co-sponsored the website SafeVAHighways.Org — an educational effort to slow the state’s escalating fatality rate and save lives.

Among other valuable information provided on the highway safety website are the following tips:

  • “Lack of seat belt use contributes to more fatalities than any other safety-related driving behavior.
  • Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a motor vehicle crash by 45% in a car , and by as much as 60% in a sport utility vehicle.
  • Each year, approximately 38% of vehicle crash deaths involve drinking alcohol.
  • Motor vehicle crashes affect people ages 4 to 34 more than any disease or crime.”

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