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December 10, 2010

Be Smart Ride Safe®, Buckle UP the Whole Family During Holiday Road Trips





 Join the movement today, Be Smart Ride Safe® Take the Pledge

Help spread the word to your family, friends, and community or even where you work, lets save lives.


The Facts Are In: When driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield, or passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers who need every moment possible to safely care for accident victims.

Education is the first step in pet travel safety with your help we can save the lives of pets, drivers, passengers and our first responders. The first responders can be delayed access to help you or your passengers at an accident if a pet is hurt or scared they may bite, hover over you to protect you from strangers or even escape the vehicle and run off causing a second accident. It is up to us to make
their jobs easier and safer.

    * A 60-pound pet can causes a 2,700 pound projectile, even when moving at only 35mph
    * Statistics show pet travel has increased 300% since 2005
    * Unrestrained pets in vehicles can delay emergency workers' access to human occupants
    * Pets escaping a vehicle post-accident can pose many dangers, including catching the loose pet
    * Injured pets may bite rescue workers or others who are trying to help
    * Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident
    * Driver distraction is common when unrestrained pets are rambunctious inside a vehicle

Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing but not wearing one certainly will “David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator”.

Statistics don’t lie.

When you have a pet in your lap, in the front seat or roaming freely around the car it is very likely you will break these simple three rules.

There are three main types of distraction:

    * Visual — taking your eyes off the road

    * Manual — taking your hands off the wheel

    * Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

According to Police Chiefs nationwide currently pets in an accident or that cause an accident are included in the police reports and statistics under driver distraction if they are aware there is a pet. Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured (NHTSA). How many were traveling with pets? The answer is 775,800.

Here’s the numbers: Statistics from NHTSA 1,630,000 injury crashes were reported (many more accidents actually occurred). Pet statistics show that approximately 70% of American homes have pets (1,141,000) and that 80% of people travel with their pets, take

number it would mean approximately (912800) would have had a pet traveling with them. Statistics also show that less then 85% of those properly restrain their pets that would mean 775,880 pet involved crashes—did they survive? more>

Join the movement today, Be Smart Ride Safe® Take the Pledge

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