Buckle Up! It’s the Law

August 19, 2009

Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) is advising all of his constituents to fasten their seatbelts and follow the rules of the road. “As our communities continue to grow, the streets are becoming more populated and increasing in traffic congestion. While this may seem frustrating to some, we all must remember to be safe and not get overwhelmed,” Assemblyman McKevitt stated.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a study concluded that in 2007, New York had an estimated 1,333 traffic fatalities. In a ranking of the top ten counties with fatalities, for the past five years Nassau County has been among the top three. With a few helpful traffic safety tips we all can work together to decrease the amount of deaths caused by driving.

When operating a vehicle remember that you must pay attention to the other cars that are around you. Your focus should be on the road and safely arriving at your destination. While driving you should not be texting or talking on the phone. These are very distracting and can cause you to lose sight of what you are doing. Always remember that you and your passengers should be wearing seat belts, and in the event of an accident, you all will be safer. Many of us are always in a rush to get to our next location, however, it is important to obey the speed limit and comply with other driving regulations. Finally, it is imperative to remember never to drink and drive. In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that out of the 1,333 traffic fatalities, 455 had a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .08+. In order to avert a DWI, make sure to have a designated driver or take a cab. These simple tips can help to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities that New York experiences.

“With the pressure that we as a Nation and as a State are facing today, it is understandable that people will get upset and anxious. This should not impair our judgments or allow our emotions to get the best of us. It is important to be a safe driver for ourselves and for the pedestrians around us. Please join with me in being a safe driver and obeying the rules of the road.”