You may typically associate anticipation and excitement with the holiday season; however, it also happens to be one of the most deadly periods of the year for drunk and impaired driving. Next time you’re out this holiday season, remember these drunk driving statistics and just call a cab.
Drunk Driving During the Holiday Season by the Numbers
From Thanksgiving eve through New Year’s Eve, there is an unprecedented rise in the number of accidents and fatalities due to drunk or impaired driving. It’s not uncommon for people to cut a little bit loose while celebrating, but sometimes it can get the best of them.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 1,200 people died and 25,000 people sustained injuries in alcohol-related accidents during last year’s holiday season.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), forty-percent of all car accidents on Christmas and New Year’s Eve are drunk driving-related. That’s a staggering 12 percent increase compared to the rest of the month.
The United States Department of Transportation also reports that over 300 people will succumb to drunk-driving related deaths in the few days that surround Christmas and New Year’s Eve each year.
On average, there are 27 drunk-driving related fatalities per day in America during the entire month of December.
Drinking during the Holidays
When you consider the numbers, it’s no surprise that there’s more drunk-driving related deaths during this time of year. According to statistics provided by the Caron Treatment Center, of those surveyed:
- 16 percent drink more during the holidays.
- 22 percent have been somewhere during the holidays where they felt pressure to drink.
- 96 percent have been or know someone who’s been to work hung over during the holidays.
- 50 percent say their holiday gatherings involve alcohol.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) also estimates that over 91 million Americans will drive for extended periods of time from December 23 through January 3. Consider that AAA also found that one in eight people still drive when they think they’re at or near the legal limit.
Putting an End to Drunk Driving
With the mixture of families traveling and drunk drivers on the road during the holidays, the seasonal uptick in alcohol-related accidents starts to make sense. That doesn’t mean it can’t be prevented.
Deciding to call a cab when you’ve had a few too many drinks is the way to do it. It’s just not worth it to get behind a wheel when you’re under the influence. Wherever you are, Ollie’s will pick you up and get you where you’re going, incident-free.
This holiday season, instead of tempting fate, make the smart choice and give Ollie’s a call.