According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the period between Christmas and New Year’s typically has one of the highest rates of impaired driving fatalities.
Fatalities related to drunk driving are 100 percent preventable, and the spike in buzzed driving around the holidays is especially alarming.
- In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for more than 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic facilities in the United States.
- Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in 37% of traffic fatalities during the Christmas holiday period and 44% of traffic fatalities over New Year’s, making the winter holiday season one of the deadliest times to be on the road.
- Buzzed driving can cost around $10,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance rates.
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