Traffic deaths are up heading into busy Labor Day weekend travel

In 2014, drivers who didn't wear seat belts accounted for 44% of deaths

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CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – It’s officially Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Labor Day weekend is a time when many celebrate the end of summer, but because so many people travel this weekend it’s also a time when there is an increase of accidents.

The National Safety Council is predicting that 395 Americans may be killed this weekend and nearly 48,000 seriously injured due to car crashes.

This year is on track to be one of the deadliest on the roads since 2007. Overall traffic related deaths are up 14% from this time last year.

The NSC is urging that defensive driving can change that.

Tim Crampton told 22News, “You’ve got to be a defensive driver, really there’s no time I would say that would make it easier everyone is going to be on the road. So make sure you give plenty of road to follow behind cars.”

The NSC also shared tips to ensure a safe holiday weekend. Those include using a designated driver if you plan on drinking, getting plenty of sleep and taking breaks when you need them.

And of course always wear your seat belt.

In 2014, drivers who didn’t wear seat belts accounted for 44% of deaths.

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