October 18, 2017: Safe Driving Awareness Day

WHEREAS, thousands of 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 October 18, 2017 as Safe Driving Awareness Day in Michigan.