Piling into the family car on Memorial Day weekend remains a popular part of Midlands culture: The cross-state jaunts to grave sites to remember family and friends lost to time, war or disease. The backseat conversations with grandpa about his time in uniform. The questions for grandma about life at home with grandpa gone.
But too often, poor decisions by drivers risk those passengers in our cars, trucks and SUVs. Last year, 212 people lost their lives on Nebraska roads. This year, one statistic is especially telling: Roughly three-fourths of the people killed weren’t buckled in.
Nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this weekend, an overwhelming majority by car, according to AAA Nebraska.
It seems so simple, yet so important, to remember that a Memorial Day drive — and all the summer trips to follow — would be safer if people recall two rules of the road:
Don’t drink if you plan to drive. Make sure you, your passengers and your little ones are buckled in.