More than 400 People May Be Killed in Car Crashes During Memorial Day Weekend
May 18, 2017 - 12:28:01 PM

( - ITASCA, Ill.May 18, 2017 -- National Safety Council estimates indicate that 409 people may be killed on the roads during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period – the highest estimate the Council has released for the Memorial Day holiday period since 2012. The estimated number of fatalities is 12% higher than the average number of deaths (364) that occurred during the previous six Memorial Day holiday periods[i]. The Council also estimates 47,000 people may be seriously injured[ii] on the roads during the three-day holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. ET Friday, May 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, May 29.

"Memorial Day should mark the start of summer – not the start of another deadly driving season," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Paying attention, slowing down and being courteous can ensure you and your fellow travelers make it to picnics, beaches and BBQs rather than emergency rooms."

The Memorial Day estimates are in step with a nationwide upward trend in vehicle deaths. Preliminary NSC estimates indicate traffic deaths increased 6 percent in 2016, and 14 percent since 2014 – the steepest two-year jump since 1964.

Tips to ensure a safer holiday weekend include:

Supplemental information about the NSC motor vehicle fatality estimates for the Memorial Day holiday period can be found here.

About the National Safety Council 
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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[i] The previous six Memorial Day periods are 2010-2015, because 2016 fatality data are not yet final. 
[ii] According to NSC analysis. "Serious injuries" are classified as those requiring medical attention.  
[iii] According to Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


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