The holidays are dangerous for motorists, especially with an increased number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. A new infographic indicates that the Christmas and New Year holidays see a high numbers of traffic accident fatalities related to drunk driving.
The study focused on traffic accident fatalities during each holiday period which includes the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s holidays. The information was based on traffic accident fatalities that occurred between the 2007 and 2011 holiday periods. Each holiday period was between 3 and 4 days in duration, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the infographic, the Fourth of July sees the highest number of alcohol-related car accidents every year. During this holiday, there are an average of 61 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities per day with an average total of 146 fatalities during the period.
Memorial Day comes in second with approximately 57 alcohol-impaired traffic related traffic accident fatalities per day and a total of 142 fatalities.
Labor Day ranked third, with approximately 54 alcohol-impaired fatalities per day on an average, and 114 total.
Next came New Year’s Eve, with approximately 46 alcohol-Impaired Traffic Fatalities and an average total of 108 during the period.
Earning fifth place was Thanksgiving with approximately 40 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in a day, and an average total of 111.
Christmas sees approximately 33 alcohol-related traffic accident fatalities every day, and a total of 93.
With just a few days to go for the alcohol- heavy New Year’s Eve celebrations, it’s important for Indiana motorists to be aware that this is one of the deadliest days of the year as far as drunk driving is concerned. There are many motorists driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year’s Eve and if you plan to drive, you should avoid drinking. Even a couple of beverages can result in buzzed or drunk driving. It is not easy to estimate sobriety levels and sometimes just a couple of alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach can cause intoxication which raises the risk of an accident or injury.
Do not drink and drive. Take a cab or use public transportation. It is better to be safe during the holidays than becoming another statistic.