New Year’s Traffic Is Dangerous, But This Holiday Is Worse
For the last month or so, we've all been eating, drinking and being merry.
Hopefully, if you've been doing much of that second one, you didn't get into a car and drive. The celebrations continue into New Year's Eve and Day this Tuesday and Wednesday, and a new report is out suggesting it is not even the most dangerous holiday on the roads.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says that historically, New Year's Eve has a reputation for having more drunk or buzzed drivers out on the road leading to more fatalities after their night of partying, but that's not the case so much anymore. The top spot now goes to the 4th of July.
New Year’s Day, which includes New Year's Eve in DOT data, had an average 3.87 fatalities per day from 1981 through 2018. This compares to 5.97 fatalities per day for Independence Day, 5.84 for Thanksgiving and 5.76 for Labor Day.
This week, as you're out celebrating, please be sure to drink responsibly, drive safely, get a designated driver, taxi, Uber or Lyft.