In Virginia you are responsible for safety each time you get behind the wheel for yourself and your passengers.  Did you know more than 900 people are killed on Virginia’s highways each year and that its the leading cause of death for Virginians under 30?  That is an alarming statistic.

What can you do to be safer on Virginia Highways?

  1. Wear your seatbelt and require all passengers to wear them.  Not using seatbelts leads to more traffic fatalities than any other single driving behavior.  Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of dying in a motor vehicle crash by 45 percent in a car, and by as much as 60 percent in a truck or sports utility vehicle.

  2. Avoid distractions such as talking on your cell phone, eating and reading while driving.  Motor vehicle crashes affect people ages four to 34 more than any disease or crime

  3. Share the road with cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and large trucks.  Each must safely coexist on the roadways.

  4. Never drink and drive.  Each year, approximately 38 percent of vehicle-crash deaths involve drinking alcohol or drug use.

  5. Obey posted speed limits and rules of the road

What other tips or recommendations can you think of to make our roadways safer?

Andrew Thomas
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