Drunk Driving is to blame for more than 40 percent of fatal car accidents during the major U.S. holidays. Thanksgiving is considered to be the deadliest holiday second to New Year’s Eve. Drinking violations increase on an average of 54 percent on Thanksgiving Day alone. Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation reports that there were a total of 4,298 crashes and 53 deaths in Pennsylvania last year during Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

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With the alarming statistics, people need to take precautionary measures to prevent these tragedies. We have concluded a few things to take in to account before drinking over the holidays. First and foremost, plan ahead. If you plan on drinking make sure you have a designated driver, a cab service or bus service lined up. Take responsibility and if someone has been drinking don’t let them drive. If you see an impaired driver on the road contact local policy immediately. Also, always remember even one drink can increase the risk of an accident.

The holidays should be a time to be merry and celebrate, however, we encourage you to do so responsibly so together we can make our roadways safer.

Source: 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistic Book

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