In 2014, alcohol was a factor in 480 accidents and 12 deaths during the pre to post Thanksgiving stretch. Thanksgiving is considered to be the deadliest holiday in recent years. Drinking violations increase an average of 54% on Thanksgiving Day alone.
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimate that two to three times more people die as a result of an alcohol related accident during the holiday than any other time during the year. The 2014 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistic book says that 13% of all holiday crashes included alcohol use; however, 41% of deaths that occurred during the holidays were caused by an alcohol related accident.
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The statistics for this holiday are alarming, but you can help decrease these numbers by doing your part. If you plan to consume alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, a cab or a bus service lined up ahead of time. Remember even one drink can increase the risk of an accident and a DUI. Expect an increase in traffic so give yourself plenty of time when traveling to avoid speeding. And as always, eliminate all distractions while behind the wheel.
We hope you have a safe and happy beginning to the holiday season.