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4 in 10 highway deaths around the holidays due to drunk driving

Mar 24 2016
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48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve are alcohol-related.

With the holiday season in full swing, remember that alcohol and driving are a deadly combination. The percentage of highway deaths related to alcohol spikes each year during the three-month holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In fact, 48 percent of highway deaths on New Year’s Eve are alcohol-related.

The average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

New Year’s driving statistics from SafeAuto.com show that between 2008 and 2012, January 1st had the highest percentage of alcohol related deaths when compared to other days and holidays.

In fact, on New Year’s Day in 2013 alone, SafeAuto.com found out that 140 individuals were killed in crashes that were alcohol related.

Some holiday predictions are, tragically, very predictable. For example, more people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year.

Statistics show that during Christmas and New Year’s, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods the rest of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And 40 percent of traffic fatalities during these holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 28 percent for the rest of December.

If you’ve had too much to drink or are otherwise impaired, don’t get behind the wheel.

There are companies and resources out there, depending on where you live that can get you home safe without you or your friends getting behind the wheel if you’re unfit to drive.