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Holiday Traffic Fatalities Expected to be Highest in Decade

NSC forecasting 421 deaths, highest since 2008.

by on Aug.30, 2017

The National Safety Council is predicting 421 will die in traffic accidents during the long Labor Day weekend.

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, Americans are expected to take to the roads in record numbers, and the National Safety Council expects that will mean the highest number of traffic fatalities in a decade during the long weekend.

The weekend begins Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 4, according to the safety group.

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The NSC estimates 421 people will be killed and another 48,400 injured seriously enough to require medical attention in car crashes during the weekend — its highest forecast since 2008. It’s also 11% higher than the average number of deaths for the holiday weekend. (more…)

Labor Day Travelers Expected to Increase by 10%

All transportation types projected up from last year’s slide.

by on Aug.26, 2010

More than 31 million people will reach their destination by driving.

AAA today projected the number of Americans traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend will increase 9.9% from 2009, with approximately 34.4 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.

Last year, 31.3 million Americans traveled during the Labor Day holiday. The 2010 Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, September 2 to Monday, September 6.

AAA travel agents are continuing to report strong increases in the number of travelers making advanced reservations. Hotel, car and vacation package reservations for the upcoming Labor Day weekend are up over ten percent compared to last year.

“While media reports on the state of the U.S. economy are mixed, many Americans are still interested in taking one more trip as the summer travel season comes to a close,” said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services.

The increase in travel for Labor Day appears to be the result of economic improvement over the past year, AAA claims. While job growth has been disappointing, gross domestic product, household net worth and consumer confidence have increased, while consumer debt has decreased.

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