The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on Americans to practice highway safety with the same sense of responsibility they applied to reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

More than 36,000 Americans are killed on the country’s roads in an average year and as stay at home orders related to the pandemic ease and the number of drivers increase, the organization is urging motorists not to speed, drive distracted or drive impaired, and always fasten seatbelts.

“The number of traffic fatalities was a crisis before the pandemic,” said Robert L Sumwalt, Chairman of the NTSB.

“It has been inspiring to see Americans take dramatic steps to protect themselves and others during the coronavirus pandemic. We need the same resolve to stay safe when Americans increasingly take to the roads in the coming months.”