New Year’s Driving Statistics

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With celebrations and large gatherings on the rise this holiday season, accidents are also expected to be on the rise. New Year’s Eve is a fun holiday to mark the start of a new year. Here are some statistics that will help you better understand and prepare for traveling on this holiday.

New Year’s Day is One of the Most Dangerous Days to Drive

After the clock strikes midnight, people hurry to get to bed. Some people drive sober, but others tend to drive drunk, especially on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest days on the road between 1 A.M. - 3 A.M.

If you plan to drive in the early hours of New Year’s Day, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Try to eliminate all distractions from your car, put your phone on silent, and follow the speed limit. Speeding is a significant factor in most fatal car accidents.

Sixty-Two Percent of New Year’s Day Crash Deaths are the Result of Alcohol Consumption

It’s no surprise that people drink to ring in a global holiday. But, drinking and driving is not the way to celebrate. Around 62% of New Year’s Day car fatalities result from alcohol consumption.

Don’t be a statistic this holiday. Driving drunk is avoidable, and planning your night can save multiple lives this holiday season. Rideshares and designated drivers are perfect if you’re eager to go out and celebrate.

DUI Arrests Peak During the Holidays

Many factors can account for DUI arrest being at an all-time high during the holidays. For starters, it’s no secret that the holidays are celebrated with large gatherings and drinks. But, many people also find the holidays stressful, leading to excessive drinking. With Dec. 23 - Jan. 2 being the busiest times to commute, DUI arrests are expected towards the end of the year.

A DUI is something you don’t want on your record. If you’re stressed and need to get out of the house, make sure you do so sober. But, if you’re looking to unwind with some drinks, do it in the comfort of your own home. This holiday season, you can make the roads a safer place if you take these precautions.

Safe Travels

It’s essential to stay safe throughout the year, especially during the New Year. But, if you or a loved one undergoes a car accident, be sure to contact Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. for legal representation. Allow the team to take the stress off your hands this holiday season.

Call our office today at to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our online form to quickly get in touch with a member of our team. We want to be here for you during this difficult time.

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