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Police Urge Motorists to Vacation With Their Seat Belts

July 2, 2007

There's even more reason to buckle up if you're vacationing in small-town New England on this Fourth of July. A new study shows 75 percent of New Hampshire's traffic fatalities take place on rural roadways. That's the 13th worst figure in the country, and Police Chief Russell Lary of the Sunapee-region town of Grantham says it proves that accidents never take a vacation.

“Seat belts need to be worn all the time because you never know when you're going to have the accident. It's not so much a rural road or an interstate, it's that accidents are unpredictable, and hence the name, 'accidents.’”

The study suggests that "clicking it" is wise even if your plans take you to neighboring states. Vermont placed fourth in the nation with 88 percent of its traffic fatalities on rural roads, and Maine led the nation with 92 percent.

Lary adds that the same things that draw vacationers to small towns increase the need for them to drive carefully.

“In these rural areas you have so many little corners, stop signs, pullovers and then this fruit stand, a vegetable stand, and all that interaction in and out is one of the key problems I see.”

Lary says drivers should remember that a lot of motorists on vacation means a lot of opportunity for accidents.

“Simply because of the weather and the area, it's just a huge increase in traffic, and any time you increase the numbers, you increase the odds.”

The University of Massachusetts report is available at www.ruralsafety.umn.edu.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH