The dangerous driving season begins with Thanksgiving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this holiday over all others, has the greatest number of deadly accidents. The most recent data available from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, there were 764 car accidents with a fatality during Thanksgiving 2012, with an additional 50,000 car accidents without fatalities. By comparison, Christmas 2012, witnessed 654 deadly collisions.
So many of those Thanksgiving fatalities were senseless tragedies- seatbelt use could have prevented nearly 60 percent of those deaths, and 40 percent of those lives could have been saved if not for drunk drivers.
Every year, thousands of people are ticketed and arrested for DUI, and that number only increases at the holidays. At Thanksgiving, the number of people arrested for DUI increases by 30 percent, on Christmas Eve it increases to 33 percent, and on New Year’s Eve an astonishing 155 percent more people than average are cited for DUI.
On average, nearly 31 percent of all highway deaths in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Sadly, this number increases too during the holiday season. Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that the number jumps to 40 percent at Thanksgiving and increases to as high as 58 percent at New Year’s.
Other common causes of accidents during the holidays include the increase in the number of vehicles on the road, and the number of fatigued drivers from long family road trips. Added to that, are poor road conditions from inclement winter weather. Rain, snow, or ice-covered roads can cause vehicles to lose traction, colliding with each other or objects on the roadside.
Cars don’t even have to be on the road for accidents to take place. Parking lots are the stage for many accidents involving other cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians. In fact, fourteen percent of all automobile collisions happen in parking lots. The shopping season is even more dangerous with so many cars parking and backing out, and shoppers walking to and from stores.
Don’t let distractions, fatigue, or alcohol cause cars accidents during the holidays for your family. In addition, for added safety before you hit the road, the NHTSA advises motorists to check tires, wipers and lights on their vehicles. Remain calm and build extra time into your schedule to allow for traffic delays. Above all- don’t drink and drive. Not only are you putting your life in jeopardy, but you are also endangering the lives of everyone else on the road.
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