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Warren County Safe Communities Coalition Reminds Thanksgiving Travelers To Buckle Up-- Every Trip, Every Time!

Warren County, Ohio, November 27, 2013 – With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people will soon flock to the roadways to visit and celebrate with family and friends. Atrium Medical Center’s Warren County Safe Communities Coalition (WCSCC) wants to remind all travelers, whether they are heading across the country or just across town, to buckle up and ensure a safe arrival to festivities and celebrations.

“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash multiplies when the number of cars on the road increases,” says Joey Brumfield, RN, WCSCC Coordinator and Trauma Outreach Coordinator at Atrium Medical Center. “Since the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, we want to remind everyone that seat belts save lives and traveling without them can turn a time of thanksgiving into a time of tragedy.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. Research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. 

Such a simple step can save a life, but too many lives are being lost because some have still not gotten the message.  During the 2011 Thanksgiving period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

In 2012, Warren County suffered one of its worst years to date, seeing 27 motor vehicle related fatalities.  Of the 27, 16 persons, nearly 60 percent, were noted to be unrestrained at the time of the incident. Four of these fatalities occurred during the Thanksgiving period, resulting from 50 motor vehicle crashes – 100 percent of these fatalities were unrestrained at the time of the accident.

All too often, people get caught up in the excitement of Thanksgiving and festivities, forgetting to buckle up.  Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way to save your life and the lives of your loved ones while on the road.  We want to remind everyone who will be on the road this Thanksgiving to please buckle up - Every Trip, Every Time - so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact Joey Brumfield, Trauma Outreach Coordinator at Atrium Medical Center at 513-705-4713 or via email at wjbrumfiel@premierhealth.com

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