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Author: PIO Margo Rohrbacher
Date: November 21, 2011 11:00 AM

Don't Turn Thanksgiving into a Tragedy This Year

Safe Speeds, Sober Drivers and Seat Belts.
Buckle Up.  Every Trip.  Every Time.

San Rafael Police Department is reminding holiday travelers this Thanksgiving that the only belt that should be left unbuckled this year, or any year, might be the one holding up your trousers – not the seat belts in your car.

“Seat belts have saved more lives than any other single piece of automotive safety equipment,” said Sergeant Chris Coale, San Rafael Police Department.  “But in order for them to work, they have to be used.  This Thanksgiving, and every day and night of the year, make sure you buckle up your seat belt and you’ll have the opportunity to unbuckle that other belt at the feast table with your family and friends.”

Night time is one of the more dangerous times on the road because seat belt use is traditionally lower.  Of the passenger vehicle occupant deaths at night during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday period, at least 60 percent did not have their seat belts fastened (where seat belt use was known); while one half of the deaths in day-time crashes were not wearing seat belts.

“There is no holiday more closely associated with the American family, or with American travel, than Thanksgiving,” said Chris Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “But if you hit the streets and highways unbelted, the faces you could be seeing this holiday might belong to an emergency room physician or nurse instead of the faces of your family and friends!”

Police, Sheriffs and the CHP will focus traffic enforcement efforts towards those who are unbelted, those driving aggressively – speeding, changing lanes, tailgating and passing when unsafe, as well as those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The Marin County AVOID the 13 DUI Task Force will be deploying additional roving DUI  patrols in our ongoing campaign to take careless and dangerous drunk or “buzzed” drivers off the road.  The saturation patrols will operate throughout the County on Wednesday evening, November 23rd. Please, “Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911!”

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Last Modified: November 22, 2011 12:11 EST (by Holm)










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