Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Safety Reminders

SARASOTA, Fla. – May 22, 2014 – 8:45 a.m.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend begins Friday.  According to the National Safety Council, 382 traffic fatalities and another 40,900 medically consulted injuries may occur over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from motor vehicle crashes.  Studies have shown that seat belts are 45 percent effective in preventing deaths.

It’s why the Sarasota Police Department is encouraging drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive safely.  Currently, the Sarasota Police Department is joining law enforcement from around the country in the ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign.  According to statistics, drivers in Sarasota are obeying traffic laws, including stopping at red lights.

At the beginning of 2014, 13 additional red light cameras were installed at intersections throughout the City of Sarasota bringing the total number of cameras to 20. Red light citations were down more than 22% meaning crashes were reduced as well at the 13 newly installed red light cameras for the first four months of 2014.

To protect you and your family this holiday weekend, the Sarasota Police Department encourages drivers:

• Don’t drink and drive – If you drink, have a sober driver or take a cab

• Make sure all children are buckled in safely and in age-appropriate safety seats

• Don’t text and drive – Keep your eyes on the road and drive defensively

• Slow down – Obey all posted speed limit signs

"Buckle up, slow down and don’t drink and drive. This holiday weekend is a chance to enjoy time with your friends and family. Don’t put your life or the lives of others on the line by disobeying the law," said Lt. Kevin Stiff, Patrol Division.