Drunk driving unfortunately occurs every day and is the cause of many car-accident related deaths. But there are certain days out of the year that tend to have more drunk drivers on the road than usual. These are usually holidays or days that bring people together to partake in festivities. Because there are a lot of people drinking during these days and a lot of people who are off from work, there are more people intoxicated on the road. Therefore, it’s important to take extra precaution when driving during these times. These are the “deadliest” days of the year to be on the road:
It’s a very family and friends oriented holiday, which many may enjoy some drinks with each other while having a long feast. Many people visit their loved ones at their houses and then have to drive home afterwards after having had some glasses of wine, for example. This makes it riskier to be out on the road.
New Year’s Eve
It’s the last night of the year, and people tend to be up till late counting down till midnight followed by celebrating for some hours afterwards. This is a heavily alcohol-included day, and one of the most dangerous nights of the year. According to reports, drunk drivers cause 50% of car accidents on New Years.
Super Bowl Sunday
People like to get together at their friends’ houses and eat a lot of food and drink a lot of beer. Or some may go to pubs to watch the game there. Many people don’t even care much for the game or the teams but see this as a time to enjoy some drinks with their friends. Therefore, many drunk drivers are on the road during this day.
Fourth of July
It’s a big American holiday where many like to drink even during the daytime. People have barbeques and parties, which means there can be drunk drivers on the road no matter what time of the day it is. These festivities also tend to last all day since people usually wait till it gets dark to set off some fireworks. All these people out celebrating who have been drinking for hours pose a dangerous threat for others on the road.
It’s an extended weekend, and therefore people take advantage of the extra time-off they have by participating in Labor Day events and festivities. It’s a popular weekend for many bars and clubs. There is almost a 400% increase of drunk driving accidents on this day.
It’s important to use extra precaution when driving during these holidays. And some of these holidays are just around the corner, so make sure if you drink to do so responsibly. Have a designated driver. Even if you’re not drinking, there are others who are so wear your seatbelt, be aware of those on the road, and be safe.
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