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The Life You Save May Be Your Own -Traffic Safety News From the Delaware Office of Highway Safety

posted Jul 30, 2014, 7:13 PM by John Guzzo   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 7:16 PM ]

Do you have plans to take a road trip this summer?  Perhaps you will take in some of the local attractions, visit the beaches, or spend time with family and friends.  No matter where you go or what you do, always remember to drive safely.  The life you save may be your own.  

What you need to know
Driving too fast, failing to yield the right of way to others, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are common causes of crashes in the first state.  These crashes are preventable.  Did you know:

• To date, Delaware has seen a 22% increase in fatal crashes and traffic deaths are up 25% over 2013.
• Single car crashes and single motorcycle crashes account for nearly half of all fatal crashes in 2014.

What you can do
It is typical during the summer months to see an increase in motorists on the highways, and consequently, an increase in traffic crashes.  At OHS, we feel that even one death on our roads is too many.   To stay safe and arrive alive, follow these simple tips every time you get behind the wheel:

• Check your speed. Plan your route in advance and be prepared to spend more time reaching your destination rather than speeding to get there faster.
• Obey intersection safety rules. Motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic also increases during the summer. Traffic signals and stop signs are in place to maintain safe roadways for drivers, passengers and pedestrians sharing the road.
• Buckle up. All passengers in the vehicle should use seat belts to keep them safe in the event of a crash.
• If you are drinking, do not drive. Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternate transportation.
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Drive Safe.  Arrive Alive DE.

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John Guzzo,
Jul 30, 2014, 7:16 PM