TAPD prepare for Memorial Day Weekend

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 05/20 2014 08:00AM

Updated 05/20 2014 08:07AM

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be out in full force over the Memorial Day weekend.

They'll be enforcing the traffic laws as needed to ensure the safety of the motoring public.

The National Safety Council released its estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

It'll start at 6pm on Friday, May 23rd and end at 11:59pm on Monday, May 26th.

The Council estimates 382 traffic fatalities and another 40,900 medically consulted injuries may occur over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from motor vehicle collisions.

While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many people, statistics show this holiday weekend will conclude with too many traffic related preventable deaths and injuries.

The Texarkana Police Department wants to bring awareness to the risks on our roadways while encouraging drivers to take extra precautions this upcoming holiday weekend.

Studies have shown that safety belts are 45% effective in preventing fatalities.

It's estimated that 139 lives may be saved Memorial Day Weekend because of people wearing their safety belts.

To ensure a safe Memorial Day celebration, TAPD recommends buckling up every trip, every time, even when traveling a short distance.

Be sure to also keep these tips in mind before heading out the door:

-Refrain from all cell phone use, both hands-free and handheld, behind the wheel
-Place children in age-appropriate safety seats
-Don't drink and drive as impairment begins with the first drink (if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation)
-Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather

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