Reminder to Motorists this Holiday Season: Pay Special Attention to Law Enforcement Officers Patrolling our Roadways
Nationally, four officers were killed in traffic-related incidents last year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve
Washington, DC—The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a particularly dangerous time for law enforcement, as millions of Americans take to the roads, and officers step up their safety patrols. Fifty-nine law enforcement officers died in traffic-related incidents in 2011. Those 59 men and women left behind family, colleagues, neighbors, and friends, all of whom were faced with tragic loss instead of holiday cheer.
In August 2011, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated an innovative partnership to promote law enforcement officer safety on the roadways and reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities. In addition to maintaining a safe speed and driving only when sober, drivers need to be especially mindful of officers who will be out enforcing traffic laws.
The Memorial Fund’s Drive Safely campaign promotes a number of actions motorists can take to protect law enforcement officers, other drivers, and themselves:
"To help prevent officer deaths and injuries this holiday season, the Memorial Fund’s Drive Safely campaign reminds motorists to pay special attention to officers on the roads and to follow other common-sense traffic safety measures," said Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd.
“Again this year, our dedicated law enforcement officers will be called on to give up time with their own families so the rest of us can travel safely to spend the holidays with our loved ones,” he said. “Every time we get behind the wheel—and especially during the holidays—we owe these brave men and women our full attention and consideration.”
For more information, safety tips and resources, visit www.LawMemorial.org/DriveSafely.
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