We are quickly approaching New Year’s Eve, a dangerous time on the nation’s roadways when it comes to drinking and driving.
Nationally, over the past 5 years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Holiday Season Drinking and Driving Facts
Newly released holiday drinking and driving stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are alarming:
- During December of 2016, 781 people died in drunk driving crashes.
- December of 2016, younger drivers aged 18-34 were involved in the majority of fatal drunk driving crashes.
- During December from 2012-2016, 28-percent of drivers killed in traffic accidents died in drunk driving-related crashes.
- In December of 2016, deadly crashes involving drunk drivers were three times more likely at night than during the day.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The NHTSA is running its annual Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday crackdown through December 31st in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies around the country. Don’t become a statistic and keep the road safe for yourself and others by taking these steps instead of getting behind the wheel:
- Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the festivities begin.
- Call a cab or use a service like Uber or Lyft to get home safely.
- Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices. The SaferRide app allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up safe and sound.
- Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
- If you’re hosting the New Year’s festivities, remind your guests to designate a driver. Offer non-alcohol beverages. Make sure your all guests leave with a sober driver.
Everyone at the Car Pro urges drivers not to drink and get behind the wheel over the upcoming New Year’s holiday weekend or any other day of the year.
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