11.14.18

Senators Isakson, Perdue Resolution Promotes Safe Driving During Thanksgiving, Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today reintroduced a Senate resolution urging caution on roadways during the holiday season.

The resolution designates the Sunday after Thanksgiving as “Drive Safer Sunday.” The Sunday after Thanksgiving is among the busiest highway traffic days of the year and provides an opportunity to remind drivers to use extra caution throughout the season. Drive Safer Sunday falls this year on November 25.

“With the holiday season approaching, road traffic increases and the Sunday after Thanksgiving is particularly heavy and dangerous,” said Senator Isakson. “I urge Georgians to slow down, take extra care while traveling and remember to ‘Drive Safer Sunday.’ Georgia’s ‘hands free’ law went into effect earlier this year, and I hope that this simple step has helped Georgians think twice before taking risks behind the wheel. Our law enforcement officials and first responders are working hard to keep us safe, and we can each do our part to help each other. I wish all Georgians a safe and happy holiday season.”

“As we head into one of the busiest travel times of the year, Senator Isakson and I want to remind Georgians to slow down, be alert, and use extra caution when driving to visit loved ones,” said Senator Perdue. “I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Our thanks go out to law enforcement officers and first responders working around the clock to keep all Georgians safe.”

The resolution encourages everyone – including learning institutions, trucking firms, clergy and law enforcement – to promote safe driving habits and work together to help make roads safer for travelers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that simply wearing a seat belt saves as many as 15,000 lives a year.

Isakson and Perdue were joined by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in once again introducing the resolution.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

Background:

The inspiration behind the “Drive Safer Sunday” resolution is to honor the memory of Cullum Owings, a Georgia college student who died in 2002 in a traffic accident on his way back to school after Thanksgiving. Isakson has introduced this Senate resolution for several years.

Cullum Owings’ parents, Steve and Susan Owings of Atlanta, founded an organization called Road Safe America in honor of their son to bring awareness to the hazards of highway travel and provide statistics and safety tips to drivers. Road Safe America’s goals include better driver training for all drivers and limiting the top speed for large trucks.

For more information on safe driving tips and what you can do to improve the safety of America’s roadways please visit: www.roadsafeamerica.org.

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