Here are some eye-opening facts and statistics from AAA & The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to think about before getting behind the wheel this New Year’s Eve:
- DUI arrests peak between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
- Across the country, 36 people, on average, were killed every day in crashes involving alcohol between 2001 and 2005. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , on New Year’s Day alone, that number went up an average of 54.
- Alcohol-impaired driving crashes, account for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Between Christmas and New Year’s, 40% of deadly crashes involve drunk drivers, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
- AAA states that more pedestrians are killed on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year.
So this New Year’s Eve, stay safe. Make alternate plans for transportation. If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver. Also, be aware of others on the road. If another driver appears impaired, travel to safe place and report them to your local authorities to prevent an accident or fatality. Have a happy, safe, and joyous New Year!