Labor Day Weekend 2013: 400 Traffic Fatalities Predicted by National Safety Council

Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Labor Day weekend can be a fun time for those who are lucky to have off, but like most holiday weekends, it can also be an extremely dangerous time of year on the road.

The National Safety Council said this week that the number of traffic fatalities increases 14.6 percent during Labor Day weekend when compared to the weekend before and after.

Not only does the chance of a traffic fatality increase during the holiday weekend, but the NSC also predicts approximately 400 traffic related deaths will occur this upcoming weekend according to a company press release.

"Car accidents are scary experiences," says John Lowrey, advisory board member of the Safe Electricity program, in a press statement. "After the trauma of a car accident, your first instinct may be to leave the car. Safe Electricity wants to remind people that if you are involved in an accident with power poles or power lines, the safest place after an accident is actually inside the car."  

The NSC advises anyone who is in an accident to stay in your car, especially if you hit some form of power equipment. Power equipment can be damaged or come down at any time after an accident, putting a driver in immediate danger.

Do not leave your vehicle until you have called emergency and utility services for help. A utility service professional will examine the area and tell you when it is okay to leave your vehicle.

"The only reason you should exit the vehicle is in the rare event it's on fire," said Lowrey. "If this is the case, jump free of the vehicle with your feet together, and hop away with your feet together as far as you can. A difference in voltage between your two feet can cause electrocution."  

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