Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel periods for America. With more drivers on the roads than usual, the likelihood of a motor vehicle crash will increase. With this in mind, the Windham County Highway Safety Task Force (consisting of the Bellows Falls Police Department, Brattleboro Police Department, Dover Police Department and the Windham County Sheriff's Office) will be joining agencies throughout Vermont and the country to make sure you make it to the table this Thanksgiving.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2019 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 2), there were 279 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the nation. More than half (54%) were unrestrained. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 52% of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. These deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America and may have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.
“Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating gratitude with loved ones, and we want to make sure our community members and guests arrive at their Thanksgiving destinations as safely as possible,” said Sgt. Norton “Whether you’re driving 10 minutes to the Thanksgiving dinner table, or 10 hours, it’s critical that drivers and passengers Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, so please, make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled before you ever turn on the car — and that includes children being in the correct car seats, too,” he said.
For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts.