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New Year’s Safety Tips

Demetria Ratchford2 years ago

The New Year holiday is an incredibly hectic time of the year. People are traveling, celebrating and partying to ring in the New Year.

Motorists often forget how dangerous it can be around this time of year with reckless and drunk driving.

New Year’s Auto Accident Statistics

  • On New Year’s Day in 2009, 468 people were killed in car accidents in the United States. 40% of the deaths were a result of alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Between 2005 and 2009, at least 400 people were killed each year on New Year’s Day. 38-42% of these deaths are caused by alcohol impaired driving.
  • Between 2007 and 2011 (during the New Year holiday) an estimated 42% of traffic fatalities were the result of drinking and driving.
  • This year, AAA estimates that during the end-of-year holiday travel period, nearly 27,900 Americans will be seriously injured in auto accidents, and more than 250 will die.

Important Safety Tips

The following safety tips were provided by Consumer Reports:

  • Always have a designated driver. If you plan on traveling to a party, make sure you have a sober driver to be responsible for taking everyone home safely.
  • Drop your keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, give someone your keys so you aren’t tempted to get into the car after drinking.
  • Use public transportation. Most cities with public transportation systems will have more buses and trains running on New Year’s Eve to help party-goers get home safely.
  • Walking isn’t safer! Your mind is still impaired after drinking to walk, and therefore it’s still dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the first day of the New Year has the highest amount of pedestrians killed than any other day of the year. Make sure you wear visible clothing and walk in a group if you must walk, so that drivers can see you.
  • Coffee will not make you sober. Stay put until you recover and are completely sober again when you drive.


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