New Year’s Resolutions That Can Save Lives

By Debbie Hersman

Each year in the United States, about 35,000 people die in transportation accidents. Yes, roadway fatalities lead the list, with nearly 33,000 fatalities last year. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in our country for those aged 3 to 34; for older Americans, highway fatalities are right there alongside heart disease, cancer, and stroke as a leading killer.

So many of those 35,000 fatalities — each one a tragic loss of a loved one — can be prevented with commonsense safety precautions.  Along with getting a bit more exercise or losing a couple of holiday pounds, what if you could guarantee a longer, healthier life by simply making better choices behind the wheel?  In 2012, do something to improve your odds by adopting a few new habits this year, and to quote Flannery O’Connor :  “The life you save may be your own.”

1    Don’t operate any vehicle while impaired by alcohol or fatigue.

2    Stop, look, and listen at railroad crossings.
Safety Checklist

3    Buckle up for safety … all passengers, all the
      time.

4    Make sure child safety seats are properly
      installed.

5    Put away the phone and just drive.

6    Riding a motorcycle? Wear a DOT-compliant  helmet.

7    Parents, model good driving for your children.

8    When boating, always wear a life jacket.

Practice these safety tips, share them with your family and friends, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012.

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