National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, DC - National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker today reminded all Americans that the upcoming Independence Day Weekend should be a time for celebration with friends and family, not a time to visit the emergency room because someone didn't take prudent and easy precautions when traveling.
"The easiest and most effective safety precaution you can take this weekend - and every weekend - is to wear your safety belt when in a motor vehicle," Rosenker said.
"Thousands of Americans die every year, and many more thousands are injured, because they failed to secure that belt. In fact, more than half of automobile occupants who die in crashes are unrestrained."
Other safety measures everyone should remember are:
Increasing seat belt usage, eliminating drinking and driving, and requiring PFDs for children on boats are issues on the NTSB's List of Most Wanted Safety Improvements.
NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.