December 1, 2013: Drive Safer Day

WHEREAS, More than 32,000 people are killed each year in crashes on American highways and roads. Many of these fatal car crashes may be avoided by simply exercising patience, caution and awareness on the roads; and

WHEREAS, Drivers should prepare themselves for the unpredictable behaviors of other drivers, disabled vehicles, spilled cargo, adverse weather conditions and many other potential dangers that they may encounter on roadways. Remaining focused allows motorists to react quickly and correctly in any situation; and

WHEREAS, It is always important for drivers to focus on driving, eliminate distractions, maintain safe speeds and drive defensively to avoid preventable accidents; and

WHEREAS, Many individuals and organizations in Michigan are working to increase awareness of the need for driver safety; and

WHEREAS, The Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the busiest highway travel day of the year;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, December 1, 2013, Drive Safer Day in Michigan.