Senators Isakson, Perdue Urge Drivers To Use Caution During Holiday Season

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) applaud the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing their resolution designating the Sunday after Thanksgiving – the nation’s busiest highway traffic day of the year – as “Drive Safer Sunday.” The senators’ resolution encourages everyone – from learning institutions, trucking firms, clergy, and law enforcement – to promote safe driving habits and work together to help make roads safer for travelers.

“I appreciate the support shown by senators across the country to again remind drivers to approach the holiday season with caution on the roadways and help prevent potentially tragic accidents,” said Senator Isakson. “We should all slow down, pay close attention to the road and take extra care when traveling, especially during the holidays. We thank the first responders, medical professionals and law enforcement who set aside their holiday time to help others.”

“As we approach one of the busiest travel times of the year, I’m grateful to my fellow senators for recognizing ‘Drive Safer Sunday,’” said Senator Perdue. “Please slow down and be extra cautious when traveling to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. I wish all Georgians a happy and safe holiday season, and our thanks go out to law enforcement officers for all they do to keep us safe, especially during this time of the year.”

The “Drive Safer Sunday” resolution is in memory of Cullum Owings, a Georgia college student who died in 2002 in a traffic accident on his way back to school after Thanksgiving. 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that simply wearing a seat belt saves as many as 15,000 lives a year. 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.