Montana Traffic Education News - November 2018

schoolbus-tiny.jpgOur Plea to You: Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging motorists to exercise caution, stop and wait when red lights are flashing, and follow State laws when approaching a school bus and school crossing. Following a string of recent tragedies in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, NHTSA is calling on the public and media to help educate communities on ways to reduce incidents of stop-arm violations and ensure all students arrive to and from school safely. Visit the NHTSA website for more information.

awakeatthewheel.pngAwake at the Wheel Campaign featured in Montana Roundabout newsletter

As reported in the Fall 2018 issue of the OPI Traffic Education Office's Montana Roundabout, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that drowsy driving may cause 328,000 motor vehicle collisions and 6,400 fatal crashes on U.S. roads each year. To read about the Awake at the Wheel campaign, TEDRS data management tips, and other reminders for your traffic education program, download the latest issue of the Montana Roundabout.  Teaching resources for drowsy driving can be found in Module 6 of the Teen Driver Curriculum, also available online.

Thanksgiving Buckle Up - trafficsafetymarketing.govBuckle Up for the Ones You Love - every trip, every time

Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49% of those killed were not buckled up, representing an increase in seat belt use compared to the same weekend in 2015, when 52% of those killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained.

Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55% of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America. These deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. Research shows that wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest things you can do to stay safe when you’re traveling in a vehicle, especially during busy travel periods like Thanksgiving.

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