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Slow Down. Buckle Up.

posted Feb 2, 2016, 1:16 PM by Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Chief 7-8B




Newsletter Article                                                               February 2016


Slow Down. Buckle Up. 


The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is once again reminding motorists to drive safe.  The roadway can be dangerous for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.  Save a life by slowing down and buckling up while travelling on Delaware roadways.

Did you know that Delaware crash data for this past year suggests that speed and lack of seat belt use are major contributors in the number of fatalities on the roadways?  And fatality numbers are up from 2014.  Speed was a contributing factor in over one third of crashes.  In addition, more than half of those killed last year were not buckled up. 


Driving fast without a seat belt can provide quite a rush, but also quite an impact.    With the chance for fines, loss of a driver’s license or even a loss of life, it’s not worth it.  Even one life lost on our roadways is one too many.

  • Drive the posted speed limit.  Fewer crashes happen when vehicles are travelling at or about the same speed.
  • Concentrate.  Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cell phone, eating, drinking, or putting on makeup.
  • Relax.  Tune the radio to your favorite relaxing music.  Music can calm your nerves and help you to enjoy your time in the car.
  • Identify alternate routes.  Try mapping out an alternate route to avoid congestion.  Even if it looks longer on paper, you might find it less congested.

·         Buckle Up.  Every trip. Every time.  Remember, for a seat belt to be effective and save a life, it must be worn properly with the lap belt low and snug across the hips and the shoulder harness worn across the shoulder and chest with minimal slack.   


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