The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department is joining in a national effort to reach out to all Thanksgiving travelers with one important message: Buckle up.
Historically, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people on the road, and unfortunately increasing the likelihood of crashes, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said in a press release.
Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of passenger vehicle occupants die in motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. It’s a sad statistic, but even sadder is that many of those deaths could have been prevented with one simple click of a seat belt, White said.
He said sheriff’s deputies will be out in force during the long weekend. The goal is simple: to enforce the law in order to save more lives.
“Whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up,” White said. “It’s a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
White told drivers to not risk it on the road this Thanksgiving.
“Wear your seat belt so you can spend the holidays celebrating with your loved ones,” the sheriff said. “Remember: Buckle up, America—every trip, every time.”
White said the effort is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
For more information about traveling safely during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.