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Not to be unduly pessimistic, but reality tells us some of you heading out for the holiday weekend won’t return in the same condition you’re leaving. Unfortunately, a variety of accidents will take a toll. Some, likely, will die. It happens every Memorial Day weekend.
With that in mind, KSL uses its editorial voice heading into the summer season to issue a plea for common sense and to urge compliance with laws of highway safety. They’re on the books to protect citizens - often from themselves.
-When you hit the highways, buckle up. The latest statistics reveal 60 percent of Utah adults killed in highway accidents failed to wear seatbelts. Only stupidity would keep obstinate motorists from such essential protection.
-Slow down! Stay within established speed limits! Gaining a minute here or there isn’t worth the danger brought on by driving excessively fast in heavy holiday traffic.
-Don’t drink and drive. The message has been heralded for years. And in recent times on sunny summer days, the word needs to get out with greater clarity to those who mix alcohol with a variety of motorized toys. Alcohol is as impairing for the operator of a boat or ATV as it is for one who drives a car.
KSL hopes this holiday weekend will be pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable. We especially desire that when it is over, all will return safely.