National Safety Council estimates nearly 400 people will die in Memorial Day weekend crashes

This holiday weekend nearly 400 people will die in car accidents, according to the National Safety Council.

The group released numbers this week of fatalities and injuries expected to occur on the nation's roads during the Memorial Day weekend.

From Friday night through Monday night, NSC estimates 382 people will die in car crashes and another 40,900 people will be injured.

“Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer celebrations, but sadly, we know this long holiday weekend will end with too many preventable deaths and injuries,” said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “We issue these estimates to draw attention to risks on the roadways and encourage drivers to take extra precautions so needless tragedies can be prevented.”

Safety belts effectively prevent deaths in nearly 50 percent of crashes, according to NSC.

To ensure a safe Memorial Day celebration, NSC urges you to buckle up every car ride, even when traveling a short distance; refrain from cellphone use while behind the wheel; place children in age-appropriate safety seats; and do not drink and drive.

Finally, NSC reminds you to drive defensively and exercise caution.

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