Holiday Travel Safety.wmv


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>> DR. VALERIE RUSSELL: EXCELLENT QUESTION. ONE THING I HAVE TO SAY AND THIS
WILL BE SURPRISING I THINK TO MOST PEOPLE IS THAT MOTOR VEHICLE
CRASHES DO NOT ACTUALLY INCREASE AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S OVER
OTHER HOLIDAYS. IN FACT, I DOUBLE-CHECKED BEFORE
I CAME TODAY AND LOOKED AT A RECENT FIVE-YEAR PERIOD.
THANKSGIVING IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TIME. MEMORIAL DAY, JULY 4th,
LABOR DAY.THE REAL ISSUE, I THINK, IS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELING, AND
THE VEHICULAR MILES TRAVELLED. SO THAT ALWAYS PRESENTS MORE
RISK. WHEN YOU'VE GOT MORE PEOPLE ON THE ROAD
AND MAYBE RUSHING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LONG WEEKEND, WANT TO GET
TO GRANDMA'S AND BACK HOME BEFORE THEY HAVE TO GO TO WORK.
SO SURPRISINGLY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S DO NOT POSE AN ESPECIALLY
HIGHER RISK, BUT IT'S STILL A TIME TO BE ATTENTIVE OF COURSE.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE OURSELVES SAFER? THE TWO BIGGEST CAUSES OF MOTOR
VEHICLE CRASHES ARE SPEEDING AND DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE
INFLUENCE. AND SO, OF COURSE, PEOPLE CAN STICK CLOSER TO THE POSTED SPEED
LIMIT. THAT WOULD BE A BIG HELP TO ALL OF US IF PEOPLE DID THAT MORE
OFTEN. WE KNOW ON I 40 THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAPPEN.
BUT THAT'S A BIG ISSUE. WEARING YOUR SAFETY RESTRAINTS,
WHETHER A CHILD IN A CHILD SAFETY SEAT OR ADULT, MAKING
SURE THEY HAVE THEIR SHOULDER AND LAP BELT CONNECTED.
THOSE ARE CRITICAL TO THE SEVERITY OF INJURY AND LIFE OR
DEATH. AND THEN OBVIOUSLY NOT DRIVING WHEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL,
AN ILLICIT DRUG OR MEDICATION THAT MAY CAUSE SOME IMPAIRMENT.
THOSE THINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO WATCH OUT FOR AND HELP US
REDUCE THE NUMBERS OF DEATHS AND SERIOUS INJURIES.
>> ERIC CURRY: AND YOU MENTIONED A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT CHILD SAFETY SEATS AND SEAT BELTS. WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR
PARENTS? A LOT OF THEM ARE STILL GETTING CONFUSED. MY CHILD
IS THIS BIG, HE OR SHE IS TALKING, WHY DO I FEED A
BOOSTER SEAT.
>> DR. VALERIE RUSSELL: THESE LADIES ARE THE EXPERTS. I'LL LOOK BACK AT
THEM ON THAT.
>> KELLY RANSDELL: I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE ALWAYS ERR ON THE SIDE OF BEST
PRACTICE. WHETHER YOU'RE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA, COLORADO, IF
YOU ALWAYS RELY ON BEST PRACTICE, YOU'LL ALWAYS BE SAFE.
AND THAT IS THAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE IN A HARNESS SYSTEM OF A CAR
SEAT UP UNTIL THEY ARE AT LEAST 40 POUNDS, WHICH WOULD BE LIKE A
CONVERTIBLE SEAT OR INFANT CARRIER. AND THEN WE WANT THEM TO GRADUATE
UP AFTER 40 POUNDS INTO A BOOSTER SEAT AND STAY IN THAT BOOSTER
SEAT UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT 4'9". SO THAT'S ALOT DIFFERENT OUR LAW IS A MINIMUM
STANDARD AND WE ARE THANKFUL TO HAVE A LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THAT'S A GOOD LAW.
IN ORDER FOR EVERYBODY TO TRAVEL SAFELY, IF YOU FOLLOW BEST
PRACTICE, WHICH IS THEY ARE NOT READY TO GO INTO A SEAT BELT
UNTIL ABOUT 4'9",THEN YOU'LL ALWAYS BE SAFE. HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA, IF THEY
HAVE QUESTIONS ON WEIGHT AND AGES, YOU CAN GO TO
BUCKLEUPNC.ORG, AND IT HAS EXTENSIVE INFORMATION OR GO TO
OUR WEBSITE AND SEE INFORMATION ON THAT.
>> ERIC CURRY: OK, GREAT.