Long-standing holiday myth debunked

December 23, 2011 – True or false: the most dangerous day to drive in the U.S. is New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day since most people drive home after midnight.

Seems logical enough to be true. After all, lots of people drink and drive on New Year’s Eve — even though we all know better — causing some to refer to the drink fest as amateur night, and even more to stay in or close to home.

The answer is actually false. While there is a certainly a grain of truth in drunken-driving dangers on New Year’s Eve, it’s the patriotic holiday, July 4th that is the most dangerous day for traffic fatalities, according to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And that’s followed by Labor Day. New Year’s Eve  ranks 7th on the list.

A recent study by AAA proved that while the above is true, New Year’s Day holds the record for more pedestrian deaths – over Halloween when high numbers of children and parents take to the streets – and these deaths are attributed to alcohol in 58% of the cases.

So, when you go to that New Year’s Eve Party next week, tell the host or hostess you’re in for the long haul, and won’t be leaving until January 2. For the sake of everyone’s safety, of course.


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