Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are approaching as we enter the holiday season.
Apparently, a lot of people like to have a drink (or several) with their turkey dinners, because Thanksgiving is the third most dangerous holiday, with a risk 89% higher than the average trend for drunk driving. You’ll want to be on guard if you’re driving back home on Thanksgiving night after spending the day with family and friends.
Even more dangerous, the odds that somebody will be drunk behind the wheel and cause an accident on New Year’s Eve is 232% higher relative to the seasonal trend and day of the week where it falls.
As we do our best to enjoy these upcoming holidays amidst a pandemic, we can’t forget that safety on the roads is just as important. Here are some shocking statistics on drunk driving that you may not know:
- Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
- Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes.
- Each day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times, but only about 3,200 are arrested.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk over 80 times before first arrest.
Remember, If you are planning to drink this holiday, always designate a driver, or call a cab or a sober friend to drive you home. Buzzed driving is drunk driving; you may feel like you can drive, but that is only endangering the lives of others. For everyone else, drive defensively and be aware on holiday evenings of a potential increase of impaired drivers.
If you or a loved one are ever unfortunately injured as the result of a drunk driving accident, contact Cordisco & Saile at 215-642-2335.