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Safety council estimates nearly 400 traffic fatalities Labor Day Weekend

Vehicle traffic in San Francisco, Calif.
Vehicle traffic in San Francisco, Calif.
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An estimated 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries may occur over the traditional end-of-summer weekend from motor vehicle collisions, according to a report released by the National Safety Council (NSC) on Tuesday. The upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

“It also is estimated that 143 lives may be saved this Labor Day holiday period by buckling up, and an additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts,” the NSC said in their report.

"NSC issues fatality estimates for major holiday periods to draw attention to the need for drivers to exercise safe driving practices, especially when a significant number of drivers are expected to be on our nation's roads," said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO.

Motor vehicle fatalities over a year

Looking at the big picture, approximately 36,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred over 2012, the NSC said in February. This marked a five percent upsurge from 2011 and is the first increase since 2004 to 2005. Crash injuries requiring medical attention also are estimated to have risen by five percent since 2011 to a total of 3.9 million.

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