WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of a resolution urging drivers to drive safely during the holiday season. The resolution designates Sunday, November 30, 2014, as “Drive Safer Sunday” and is designed to bring attention to the fact that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest highway traffic day of the year.
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., joined Isakson and Chambliss in introducing the bipartisan resolution.
“Holidays are about family and we all want to make sure that our loved ones arrive home safely,” said Isakson. “The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled day on our roadways and I’m proud to join Senators Chambliss and Coons to draw attention to the need for safe driving. ‘Drive Safer Sunday’ is about raising awareness about the dangers of unsafe driving and will hopefully prevent more of these tragic accidents.”
“As a father and a grandfather, I share the concern families have when their loved ones are traveling on the road,” said Chambliss. “It is my hope that this resolution will serve as a reminder to all those traveling during the Thanksgiving holidays, and all year long, to be safe, vigilant and alert.”
The high volume of vehicles on America’s highways and interstates increases the risk for dangerous or fatal accidents. The “Drive Safer Sunday” resolution encourages motorists, trucking firms and law enforcement agencies to work together to make the roads safer for all travelers during the holidays and throughout the year.
Isakson and Chambliss have introduced similar resolutions in previous years in honor of Cullum Owings, a Georgia college student who died in 2002 in a traffic accident on his way back to school after Thanksgiving. Steve and Susan Owings of Atlanta, the parents of Cullum Owings, founded an organization called Road Safe America in honor of their son to bring awareness of 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.