As Memorial Day brings the unofficial start to the summer, it also brings more people on the roads. With the added traveling, police departments around Hampton Roads are asking people to be careful out on the roads.
According to police, AAA is saying that about 33 million travelers will be driving during Memorial Day weekend. To avoid accidents or tragedies on the roads, police would like you to use the following tips for safe travel:
- Buckle up for every trip – Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts every time they are riding, or driving, in your vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against injuries in a drunk-driving related crash.
- Do NOT drink and drive – During holidays, drunk-driving accidents occur every 51 minutes. If you plan to drink, choose a sober designated driver before going out.
- Keep children safe in and around a vehicle – Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and any children riding with you. Also make sure it is the car seat or booster seat best suited to protect them. There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should be aware of:• Hyperthermia or heat stroke can occur, from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.
• Children entering roadway/ playing in the street; keep vigilant and attentive.
While we remember those who we lost on Memorial Day weekend, it can also be a great time to catch up with family and friends. Police want you to have fun, but to stay safe on the roads.