Message from the Chief
Joseph A. Sinagra
This year has flown by, and Thanksgiving is already right around the corner. For many of us, this means traveling to spend the holiday with friends and family, near and far. So I want to remind everyone that no matter how far you’re driving this Thanksgiving—whether it’s down the road to a friend’s house, across town to pick up a pumpkin pie, or hundreds of miles to see a favorite relative—you could be involved in a crash. And if you or anyone in your vehicle are not wearing your seat belts, you’re at a much greater risk of being killed. In 2013, more than 300 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. It’s a sad statistic, but even more sad, is that many of those deaths could have been prevented with one simple click of a seat belt.
Plain and simple, Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. More cars on the road mean more crashes. More crashes mean more fatalities, but don’t be one of them. In 2013, approximately 12,584 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 2,800 lives could have been saved. And that’s just the point of this national seat belt campaign: Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time.
Many motor vehicle crash fatalities can be prevented by seat belt use. In fact, in the last decade, over 100,000 people survived crashes because they were properly restrained. In 2013, a total of 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, and almost half (49%) of those occupants were not buckled up. Thanksgiving weekend in 2013 (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, December 2), a disturbing 58 percent—that is, nearly 6 out of 10—of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. At night, the statistic was even worse: 64 percent of the occupants killed at night were unbuckled.
That’s why The Saugerties Police is once again joining safety advocates nationwide to spread the message about the importance of seat belts; to prevent these tragedies from occurring. Most Americans know of at least one person who’s been killed in a crash, but too many people are still lying to themselves, thinking it couldn’t happen to them.
This Thanksgiving and every day of the year, make sure your seat belt is buckled before you start any road trip—whether it’s one mile or a thousand.