The Most Deadly Time of the Year

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It’s the holidays and people are traveling all over the country to visit friends and family. If traveling long distances, the large majority will not fly but opt for a road trip and take personal vehicles. Harsh, wintry conditions can be unpredictable and so can other drivers — that can mean more accidents.

Christmas Has High Traffic Accident Rates

During the holiday season, crash fatalities can increase by almost 25 percent. During the rest of the year, crash deaths occur at roughly 117 per day; holiday travel boosts that figure to about 156, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Why? It’s a mixture of a few things. The risk of a crash is always higher when there are more cars on the road like during rush hour, for instance, and when there is inclement weather. It doesn’t stop there, people are more likely to have a few cocktails before getting behind the wheel during the holidays, as well. DUI charges are actually highest from the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and New Year’s weekend (BACTrack).

US vs Global Holiday Crash Deaths

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, traffic crashes have a devastating impact on public health both in the United States and globally. There are 1.3 million people who die on the road every year and 37,000 of those deaths occur in the US. There are an additional 20 to 50 million people injured or disabled worldwide each year, and 2.35 million of those are in the US. Car crashes are the leading killer of people aged 18-29 and the second leading cause of death among people aged 5-14.

Be Safe

Remember to have a designated driver when going to holidays parties or out to the bars for New Year’s Eve. Drive offensively and defensively when going to and from work, shopping, or getting the kids where they need to be in inclement weather.

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