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Record Numbers Expected to Hit the Roads this Labor Day Weekend

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ANCHOR LEAD: More people are expected to get away this Labor Day Weekend than in the past six year. It’s also estimated that over 400 lives can be lost on our nation’s roadways from car accidents and dangerous or distracted driving. Brian Osuch has more. (:60) SCRIPT: Zero to Sixty, I’m Brian Osuch. (SFX: Traffic) 34.7 million Americans are expected to travel this Labor Day Weekend and 86% of them will be doing it by car. GM’s James Bell says before you hit the highways… keep safety top of mind. CUT: (Bell) Always wear your seatbelt correctly, follow the speed limit, use your turn signal, keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you… and how about turning off that cell phone while driving. SCRIPT: Distracted driving is a growing concern from behind the wheel. And Bell says this weekend’s trip is a perfect time for parents to set a good example. CUT: (Bell) Many moms and dads are passing on their distracted driving habits by reading a quick text or answering a call while driving with kids in the car. Even if you do it for a few seconds; you’re legitimizing a dangerous behavior. SCRIPT: And yes, plenty of parties will be planned, but make sure you plan ahead if alcohol is involved. CUT: (Bell) If you know you're going to be drinking, plan to have a sober designated driver. If that isn't an option, call a cab service or use mass transit. You can even make arrangements for a friend or family member to pick you up. But, don't get behind the wheel if you you’ve been drinking. SCRIPT: For more, go onto GM-dot-com. That’s Zero to Sixty from GM.
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