Drive Safer Sunday is sponsored by Road Safe America, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing collisions between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles. Steve Owings and his wife, Susan, founded RSA in 2003 after their son, Cullum, was killed when his car – stopped in an interstate traffic jam – was crushed from behind by a speeding tractor-trailer going 8 miles per hour above the posted speed limit on cruise control. That crash occurred on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Cullum returned to college after spending the week at home in Atlanta with his family and friends.
“The Sunday after Thanksgiving will always be a painful one for our family,” Steve Owings said. “But we hope that by raising awareness of the dangers of holiday travel, other lives will be spared and other families will not have to deal with needless, tragic loss.”
RSA reminds everyone traveling during the holidays to:
- Get plenty of rest before setting out and take frequent breaks to remain alert.
- Consider driving during off-peak hours to minimize congestion.
- Avoid unnecessary distractions behind the wheel.
- Give large trucks plenty of room since they cannot see as well, maneuver as quickly, or stop in the same distance as passenger vehicles can.
To learn more, visit our website at Road Safe America