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Holiday Travel Causes Increase in Driving Accidents and Deaths in the U.S.

Excerpt from USA Today

Dec 27, 2013 2:00 pm

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Weather, increased alcohol intake, and busier roads result in the increased risk. It’s interesting to note that good weather actually increases the risk since more drivers decide to drive, even after a drink or two.

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The National Safety Council (NSC) has released reports estimating the number of traffic accidents and fatalities that occur on major holidays, including Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day. According to the NSC, the deadliest holiday this year will likely be the Fourth of July, which saw an estimated 540 motorists die during the travel period, which spans roughly four days.

Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the NSC, explained that while travel during all these major holidays increases, the number of fatalities doesn’t always jump significantly. “The New Year’s holiday generally results in a significant increase in the number of fatalities when looking at a comparable period in same month,” Kolosh noted.

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