A good way to be safe this Memorial Day Weekend is by driving safely and following the laws of the road.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police will be out in full force over the Memorial Day weekend enforcing the traffic laws as needed to ensure the safety of the motoring public.  The National Safety Council today released its estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 23, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 26. The Council estimates 382 traffic fatalities and another 40,900 medically consulted injuries may occur over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from motor vehicle collisions.

While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many people, statistics show this holiday weekend will conclude with too many traffic related preventable deaths and injuries.  The Texarkana Police Department wants to bring awareness to the risks on our roadways while encouraging drivers to take extra precautions this upcoming holiday weekend.   Studies have shown that safety belts are 45 percent effective in preventing fatalities. It is estimated that 139 lives may be saved Memorial Day Weekend because of people wearing their safety belts.

To ensure a safe Memorial Day celebration, the Texarkana Police Department recommends buckling up every trip, every time – even when traveling a short distance. Be sure to also keep these tips in mind before heading out the door:

•  Refrain from all cell phone use – both hands-free and handheld – behind the wheel

•  Place children in age-appropriate safety seats

•  Do not drink and drive as impairment begins with the first drink – if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation

•  Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and encourage you to drive to arrive safely at whatever your destination may be.

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.